Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 3/1/2022
Healon Side Effects Center

What Is Healon?

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.

What Are Side Effects of Healon?

Side effects of Healon are uncommon, but include:

  • a temporary rise in intraocular (inside the eye) pressure,
  • inflammation, or
  • corneal swelling

Dosage for Healon

A sufficient amount of Healon is slowly, and carefully introduced using a cannula or needle into the anterior chamber.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Healon?

Healon may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Healon During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before use of Healon.

Additional Information

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.


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Healon Professional Information


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)


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