Common (1% to 10%): Increased intraocular pressure
Very rare (less than %): Corneal calcification (in association with the use of phosphate containing eye drops in some patients with significantly damaged corneas)
Frequency not reported: Eye irritation, conjunctival/ocular hyperemia, eye pain, visual disturbance, foreign body sensation in eyes, eyelid edema, blurred vision, eye discharge, eye pruritus, increased lacrimation, eye edema/eye swelling, mydriasis, cataract (including subcapsular), ulcerative keratitis, ocular infection (including bacterial, fungal, and viral infections), visual field defect, punctate keratitis, acute anterior uveitis, perforation of the globe, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, loss of accommodation, ptosis, ocular irritation, blurry vision [ Ref ]
I just did the same thing – thought I was reaching for saline solution and put the freakin’ clean and clear in my eye. Holy f-ing crap (!) I am really scared I seriously messed up my eye. If course I am going out in a few minutes and now I have to wear my glasses instead and my one eye looks like a drug addict. I seriously think this sh*t should be taken off the market. I am going to go back to the all in one stuff for sure now! I seriously think this could qualify for a law suit! WTF? The warning is really not all that big and if someone had not told me that you can’t put it directly in your eye, I would have done it a while ago. This stuff, along with the anal-leakage causing Wow chips has to be the most ridiculous excuse of a product to ever dawn a store shelf.
Some of the generic drops have become expensive because of consolidation. For example, generic pred forte drops used to be very inexpensive but now there are only two companies that make it and those two companies are owned by the same two large pharmaceuticals that own the branded medicines, hence the price of the generic is almost the same as the expensive branded options. The price of drugs does vary from one pharmacy to another and each insurance plan has its preferred drugs which cost much less for patients depending on the deals they have made with the manufactures. For example brand A might be priced well at one store because they have made a good deal with the manufacturer and made it their preferred drug while brand B would be expensive. Across town a different drug store chain might have a great price for B and a high price for A because they have make B their preferred drug and have a great volume price with the manufacturer.
Alas, it is hard to find a cost effective way to protect your eyes around cataract surgery.