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Healon Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 2/5/2016

Healon (sodium hyaluronate) is used as a surgical aid in cataract extraction (intra- and extracapsular), intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, corneal transplant, glaucoma filtration and retinal attachment surgery. Side effects of Healon are uncommon, but include a temporary rise in intraocular (inside the eye) pressure, inflammation, or corneal swelling.

A sufficient amount of Healon is slowly, and carefully introduced using a cannula or needle into the anterior chamber. Healon may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before use of Healon.

Our Healon (sodium hyaluronate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Healon FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


The Healon OVD is extremely well tolerated after injection into human eyes. A transient rise of intraocular pressure postoperatively has been reported in some cases.

In posterior segment surgery intraocular pressure rises have been reported in some patients, especially in aphakic diabetics, after injection of large amounts of the Healon OVD.

Rarely, postoperative inflammatory reactions (iritis, hypopyon) as well as incidents of corneal edema and corneal decompensation have been reported. Their relationship to the Healon OVD has not been established.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Healon (Sodium Hyaluronate)

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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