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

  • Why Are My Prescription Eye Drops So Expensive? – Here’s How To Save

    August 21, 2018

    Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed eye surgery in the United States. After the procedure, your doctor will prescribe several eye drops for you with the goal of minimizing inflammation and improving pain. Well, those drops may come at a hefty price. Here are tips on how to save.

    1) Antibiotic eye drops

    Besivance, Vigamox and Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) are antibiotics often prescribed after cataract surgery to prevent infection. See More

  • 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

  • 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 20 See Prices
Corticosteroids 237 See Prices
Corticosteroids 185 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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