Common and Rare Reactions to Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic

Common Side Effects

Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people who received ciprofloxacin ophthalmic were carefully documented. Because very little of this medication is absorbed into the bloodstream, most of the side effects are localized to the eye.
The most commonly reported side effect of ciprofloxacin ophthalmic was burning or discomfort in the eye. Other common side effects included:
  • The presence of a white, crystal-like substance in the eye -- in up to 17 percent of people
  • Crusty eyelids -- up to 10 percent
  • Eye itching -- up to 10 percent
  • Feeling like something is in the eye -- up to 10 percent
  • Eye redness -- up to 10 percent
  • Unpleasant taste -- up to 10 percent
  • Problems with the cornea -- up to 2 percent.
The white, crystal-like substance generally went away on its own and did not cause people to stop using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic.

Uncommon Side Effects of Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic

Some ciprofloxacin ophthalmic side effects reported in clinical trials were very rare. Because they occurred so infrequently, it is difficult to tell if they were due to the medication or something else. Uncommon side effects that occurred in less than 1 percent of people included:
  • Blurred vision or other vision problems
  • Staining of the cornea
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye pain or irritation
  • Eye inflammation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tearing
  • Nausea.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the ciprofloxacin ophthalmic side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

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