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Question:
I developed cystoid macular edema (swelling in the back of the eye) after a cataract operation. An injection into the eye improved vision. I also have a macular pucker (layer of scar tissue in the back of the eye). I have been prescribed Yellox eye drops to continue until my next appointment in three months. Is it safe to take them for that long?

Answer:
Yellox is bronfenac, which is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication. The approved duration is 2 weeks; this is based on the clinical trials that were done to receive FDA approval. To my knowledge, there have not been clinical trials to determine whether or not it is safe to take the medication for three months. Based on experience with other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, however, there is little risk.

Answered by: Paul Sternberg Jr., MD Dr. Paul Sternberg

Categories: Eye Conditions

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