What is Eye Pain?

Eye pain can be caused by a number of conditions, but it is most commonly treated with medication after surgery. Injury or infection can also cause eye pain. Symptoms can include irritation, burning, stinging, red eyes, and tearing.

Treatment for post-surgical eye pain typically involves eye drops or ointments for use while healing. Some drugs typically used include NSAIDs (Acuvail, Acular LS) and corticosteroids (Lotemax, Durezol). If the pain is caused by an infection, treatment with antibiotics or antivirals will help resolve the underlying issue.

Savings Tips for Eye Pain

  • Lotemax Gel vs Drops: What’s the Difference?

    December 10, 2015

    Lotemax (loteprednol) is a common eye prescription used to treat various causes of eye inflammation and allergic conjunctivitis (red, itchy eyes from allergies).

    Even if you’re familiar with Lotemax, you may not know that it comes in several different forms—eye drops, an ointment, and a gel—and they aren’t all the same.

    Can all of the different forms be used interchangeably?

    No. Unlike the eye drops, the gel and ointment are only approved to treat inflammation and reduce pain after eye surgery. See More

  • Why Are My Eye Drops So Expensive?

    September 25, 2014

    The most frequently performed eye surgery in the United States is cataract surgery. After your cataract procedure your doctor will prescribe you several eye drops with the goal of suppressing inflammation and improving pain. Well, those drops may also cost you an arm and a leg. Here is what you need to know.

    You may be given at least three different eye drops after cataract surgery, all at a hefty price. See More

  • Prolensa Eye Drops Are Now Available

    June 05, 2013

    After receiving FDA approval in April, Prolensa is now available for the treatment of inflammation and pain following cataract surgery.

    There are already several non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) eye drops out there for use after cataract surgery, including generics diclofenac sodium (Voltaren) and bromfenac, and brand name Bromday. Bromfenac and Bromday have the same active ingredient as Prolensa, but are slightly stronger (0. See More

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Popular Eye Pain Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
NSAIDs 14 See Prices
Corticosteroids 218 See Prices
Corticosteroids 178 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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