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Acuvail (ketorolac) Preservative-free Eye Drops

Acuvail (ketorolac) Preservative-free Eye Drops.webp

This medication is used to treat pain and swelling following cataract surgery.  Ketorolac is in a class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), so tell your doctor if you are allergic to any NSAIDs or ASA (acetylsalicylic acid), or if you have ASA-sensitive asthma, or if you take blood-thinners/have a bleeding disorder.  


This is a preservative-free eye drop that comes in single use plastic vials usually used twice daily.

How to Use

  • Wash your hands.

  • This should not be used while wearing contact lenses.  If contact lens use is determined safe by your doctor, they should be removed before you instill the drops and may be reinserted 15 minutes following administration.

  • Tilt your head back or lie down.

  • Gently pull down the lower eyelid to create a small “pocket” between the eyelid and your eye.  The drop will go in here. 

  • Do not touch your eye, eyelid, surrounding areas or other surfaces with the tip of the unit-dose vial.

  • Hold the unit-dose vial, tip pointing down, and while looking up, gently squeeze the vial to release one drop into each eye that needs treatment.

  • Let go of the lower lid, and close your eye for 30 seconds, longer is better (up to 5 minutes). 

  • Try not to blink or squeeze your eyelids.

  • Discard the remaining content immediately after administration

  • If you are using more than one eye drop medication, wait 5 minutes before applying the other eye drop.

Side Effects

The most common side effects include eye pain, abnormal sensation in the eye, increased pressure inside the eye(s), and blurred vision.  After you instill the drops, do not drive or perform hazardous tasks until you can see clearly again.


  • Store at room temperature 

  • Store the vials in the pouch, protected from light

  • Fold pouch ends closed

  • Keep out of reach and sight of children

  • Do not use it after the expiry date (the expiry date refers to the last day of that month)

This is for informational purposes only and does not substitute medical advice.  It is not a complete product summary and does not include a full list of side effects.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have or for any unexpected effects while using this product.  


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