Voltaren Ophthalmic is an eye drop used for treating pain, inflammation, and sensitivity to light caused by certain eye surgeries. As an NSAID, it works by blocking certain enzymes in the body and reducing inflammation. The medication, which is available by prescription, is generally used four times a day. Potential side effects include irritation, burning, and eye tearing.
Voltaren Ophthalmic® (diclofenac eye drops) is a prescription medication approved for treating pain, inflammation, and sensitivity to light due to certain eye surgeries.
(Click Voltaren Ophthalmic Uses for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label purposes.)
Brand-name Voltaren Ophthalmic is made by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
Voltaren Ophthalmic belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Like other NSAIDs, it works by blocking a specific enzyme known as cyclo-oxygenase (COX) and by blocking the production of various inflammatory substances in the body.
Some general considerations for those taking Voltaren Opthalmic include the following:
- Voltaren Ophthalmic comes as an eye drop that is usually taken four times a day.
- In order to prevent contamination of the drops, do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the surface of the eye.
- You should not wear soft contact lenses (except "bandage" type lenses especially for use after surgery) while taking this medicine.
- For the drops to work properly, they must be taken as prescribed.