Tell your doctor before using these drops if you are allergic to aspirin or to medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Use one drop twice daily for two weeks, unless you have been told otherwise.

When you first put the drops in, they may cause a little irritation or blurred vision. This soon passes.

About bromfenac eye drops

Type of medicine A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory eye drop
Used for After cataract surgery, to ease pain and discomfort
Also called Yellox®
Available as Eye drops

Bromfenac belongs to a group of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The eye drops relieve eye pain and swelling after cataract surgery.

Before using bromfenac eye drops

Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start using bromfenac drops it is important that your doctor knows: 

  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. It is particularly important that you tell your doctor if you know you are allergic to an NSAID such as naproxen, diclofenac, or ibuprofen, or if you have ever had a bad reaction to aspirin.
  • If you have a tendency to bleed easily.
  • If you know you have an eye infection.
  • If you have diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • If you are taking any other medicines or using any other eye drops. This includes any medicines or creams which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.

How to use bromfenac eye drops

Before you start this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside your pack. The leaflet will give you more information about the eye drops and a full list of side-effects which you may experience from using them.

How to use these eye drops

  1. First wash your hands.
  2. Remove the cap.
  3. Tilt your head back a little and pull the lower lid of your eye downwards to form a pocket.
  4. Hold the bottle upside down near to your eye. Try not to touch your eye as you do this.
  5. Gently apply enough pressure to the bottle to release one drop into your eye.
  6. Close your eye for a minute or two, and press gently on the side of your nose where the corner of your eye meets your nose. This helps to stop the drop from draining away and keeps it in your eye.
  7. Repeat the process in your other eye if you have been told to use the drops in both eyes.
  8. Replace the cap.

Getting the most from your treatment

  • Use the drops exactly as your doctor tells you to. The usual dose is one drop twice daily, starting the day after your cataract surgery and continuing for two weeks.
  • Take care not to touch your eye, fingers, or any other surface with the dropper of the bottle. This could contaminate the drops left in the bottle.
  • If your doctor has recommended you use another eye preparation as well as these drops, then leave at least five minutes between putting in bromfenac drops and the other preparation.
  • When first put in, eye drops may cause blurred vision. This should quickly clear. Make sure you can see clearly before you drive, use machines or do any other jobs which could be dangerous if you were unable to see properly.
  • Try to keep the appointments which have been booked for you with the eye clinic. This is so your doctor can check on your progress.
  • Bromfenac may cause your eyes to become more sensitive to sunlight than usual. Avoid strong sunlight and do not use sunbeds while you are using these drops. If this happens, you may find wearing sunglasses helps.
  • If you normally wear contact lenses, your doctor will recommend you use glasses for a time following cataract surgery. This is to allow your eyes to recover from the procedure. Another reason why you should not wear contact lenses while you are using bromfenac eye drops is that they contain a preservative which can affect soft contact lenses.

Can bromfenac eye drops cause problems?

Along with their useful effects, all medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.

Possible bromfenac side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 100 people who use these drops
What can I do if I experience this?
Eye discomfort or discharge, dry eyes, redness, itching, or irritation This can happen soon after applying the drops. It should pass quickly
Cough, nosebleeds, runny nose If any of these become troublesome, mention it to your doctor

If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

How to store bromfenac eye drops

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
  • Eye drops only keep for four weeks once the bottle has been opened, so do not use bromfenac if the bottle has been open for longer than this. This will help prevent the risk of eye infections.