Diclofenac - ophthalmic

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Diclofenac is used before an eye surgery to help keep the pupil of your eyes open. It is also used after an eye surgery (e.g. cataract removal) or injury to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation of your eyes.

This medicine may also be used to treat an eye inflammation due to an allergy.
How do I use this medicine?
Instill Diclofenac eye drop exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

To use the eye drop:
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before using the eye drops.
  2. Tilt your head slightly backwards and look up.
  3. With the index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch.
  4. Instill the required number of drops inside your lower eyelid.
  5. Close your eyes for 30 seconds.
  6. Wipe any excess liquid from your face with a clean tissue.
  7. Wash your hands after each application.
Do not allow the tip of the dropper of this medicine to touch your eyes, eyelids or any other surface. Recap the eye drop immediately after use. If the eye drop becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eyes.

Do not share your eye drop with anyone else.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Instill the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

Do not use more than what is instructed by your doctor to make up for the missed dose.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Diclofenac or any similar pain reliever such as aspirin.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • eye disease or infection
  • bleeding disorder
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are wearing soft contact lenses, remove it before using Diclofenac eye drops. Wait for at least 15 minutes before reinserting your lenses.
What side effects could I experience?
Diclofenac may cause blurred vision. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to see clearly.

Other side effects include any of the following: watery eye, stinging or burning sensation of the eyes, eye pain.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience reddening, itching or swelling of the eyes and/or eyelids.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Do not use Diclofenac with medicines for pain and inflammation such as aspirin.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin
  • eye drops or ointments containing steroids e.g. betamethasone, hydrocortisone
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Do not use 4 weeks after first opening.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
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