In clinical studies, Prolensa was shown to reduce pain and swelling following cataract surgery. In these studies, people who were going to have cataract surgery were given either Prolensa or a placebo (an eye drop with no active ingredient) to use starting one day before surgery, the day of surgery, and for 14 days after surgery. Researchers then looked at how many people had eye inflammation and pain 15 days after their surgery.
In these studies, 45.5 percent of those using Prolensa were inflammation-free 15 days after surgery, compared with 24.1 to 30 percent of those using the placebo. In addition, up to 81.3 percent of people using Prolensa reported no pain after 15 days, compared with up to 55.5 percent of those using the placebo.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment include the following:
- Prolensa comes in the form of an eye drop. It is normally used once a day.
- You will usually begin using Prolensa the day before your surgery, and continue using it every day for 14 days after your surgery.
- To prevent contamination with bacteria, make sure you do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, including your eye.
- You can use Prolensa with other eye drop medicines -- just make sure to wait at least five minutes between each medication.
- If you wear contacts, you must remove them before using Prolensa. You may reinsert contact lenses 10 minutes after your dose.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Using more drops or using Prolensa longer than prescribed will not make the medication work better and may cause side effects.
There is only one standard recommended dose of Prolensa. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Prolensa Dosage for more information.)