Flurbiprofen is in a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Flurbiprofen works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Flurbiprofen ophthalmic (for the eye) is used to prevent your pupil from constricting, or narrowing, during eye surgery. Flurbiprofen ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Ocufen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) usually used as an eye drop. It contains an active ingredient, flurbiprofen, which is used to relieve pain and inflammation. Ocufen works by preventing cyclooxygenase (COX) which is a substance in the body. COX is involved in the production of several chemicals in the body such as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins get produced as a response to certain diseases and injury in the body.Ocufenprevents the production of these prostaglandins and, therefore, reduces pain and inflammation. Ocufen further assists in surgery by preventing the pupil from growing smaller. It is known that eye surgery can trigger production of prostaglandins that can result to the pupil constricting.