Effects of anti-inflammatory drugs following cataract extraction

Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2001 Feb;12(1):63-67. doi: 10.1097/00055735-200102000-00011.


Cycloplegics, corticosteroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have been applied in the treatment of postoperative inflammation following cataract extraction. Of these, topical preparations of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ketorolac tromethamine 0.5% and diclofenac sodium 0.1%, offer comparable efficacy to corticosteroids in the reduction of postoperative inflammation, and offer lower risks of adverse events in most patients. Comparative studies of these drugs from the past 5 years are highlighted.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use*
  • Cataract Extraction / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / drug therapy
  • Inflammation / etiology
  • Steroids
  • Uveitis, Anterior / drug therapy*
  • Uveitis, Anterior / etiology


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Steroids