If you are scheduled to undergo cataract surgery, your doctor may recommend a prescription for Nevanac Eye Drops which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). With proper administration, Nevanac Eye Drops will help reduce the pain, swelling, and inflammation in your eye and provide relief while you heal. Although inflammation is a part of the healing process, it can perpetuate more inflammation as an immune response to the inflammation that is already occurring.
Nevanac Eye Drops acts as a prodrug, which means that it is in an inactive state until you administer the drops in your eye. It then becomes Amfenac within your ocular tissues and acts to inhibit the cyclo-oxygenase enzymes that are responsible for the production of substances that cause inflammation when an injury has been detected.
These substances are prostaglandins and by interfering with their release, the swelling and inflammation decreases so that you experience less pain. Because of the benefits of Nevanac Eye Drops or generic Nepafenac, your doctor may suggest you begin administering the drops a day before your cataract surgery. This ensures therapeutic levels of Nepafenac are already present at the time of the operation. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Cataract surgery is usually performed as an out-patient procedure where you are in and out the same day. The most common method of removing a cataract is called phacoemulsification. This involves a small incision being made in the side of your cornea where a tiny instrument is inserted that uses high frequency ultrasound to break up the center of your cloudy lens which is then skillfully suctioned out.
Now you are ready to receive the clear synthetic lens, called an intraocular lens or IOL. This lens can be made of plastic, acrylic, or silicone and allows light to pass through and focus properly on your retina. The IOL is most commonly inserted behind your iris as a posterior chamber lens, but may sometimes be inserted in front of your iris and called an anterior chamber lens. The small incision is closed and you will usually have a protective shield taped over your eye for a short time with Nevanac Eye Drops to be administered as directed.
If you wear contact lenses, you will need to remove them and wait at least 15 minutes after putting the Nevanac Eye Drops in or they may become discolored. Ask your doctor about the safety of using Nevanac Eye Drops while you are pregnant, if you become pregnant, or when you are nursing. Explain other medical conditions or allergies you have and list all OTC and Rx drugs you are taking, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements so your doctor can determine if Nevanac Eye Drops are right for you.
Do not try to drive, operate machinery, or perform any task that could be deemed risky after instilling Nevanac Eye Drops due to vision impairment. If you are using another topical ophthalmic medicine, ask your doctor how long you should wait between administrations. Do not use Nevanac Eye Drops longer than two weeks unless otherwise specified by your doctor.