If you have been considering cataract surgery, one option to explore is dropless cataract surgery. With this procedure, there is no need to use eye drops in the days and weeks following your surgery.
Traditional cataract surgery requires patients to use antibiotic eye drops in the days leading up to surgery, to kill bacteria that could otherwise cause an infection. In addition, patients who have traditional cataract procedures are also required to use anti-inflammatory eye drops after surgery to speed healing, and decrease light sensitivity and discomfort. Generally, patients need to use prescription eye drops for several weeks after their surgery.
Some patients struggle with these treatment requirements; the eye drops may sting, especially early on. Eye drops can also be a hassle, and as with any kind of medication, there are costs involved.
Dropless cataract surgery is different. With this advanced procedure, you may not need to use antibiotic eye drops before surgery or anti-inflammatory eye drops after surgery. During your dropless surgical procedure, your surgeon will place Tri-Moxi*, an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory medicine in your eye. Over the course of the month following your surgery, your eye will absorb the medicine, so you don’t need to use separate eye drops.
Dropless surgery offers patients a number of other benefits.
First, the cost of prescription eye drops can be significant, depending on your health insurance coverage. With dropless surgery, most patients will not need expensive eye drops.
Second, for most patients, using eye drops is a hassle. The drops can be uncomfortable, and there is always the risk of forgetting to use them or of using them improperly. However, for optimal results after traditional surgery, patients need to use the drops as directed. Dropless cataract surgery eliminates that hassle and risk for most patients.
Using eye drops carries some risk of infection and other side effects. Dropless surgery reduces that risk because the eye drops aren’t needed.
With any type of cataract surgery, there is always the risk of retinal swelling and other infections after the procedure. Dropless surgery can help reduce that risk.
While most patients will not need eye drops after dropless surgery, a small percentage will still need them if an inflammation occurs after the procedure.
Just like any other type of medical procedure or medication, the medicine used in dropless cataract surgery does come with some potential side effects. Some patients experience blurred vision, floaters, redness or pain. If you experience any side effects, you will want to contact your doctor right away.
Few things are as important as your eyesight, so it’s important to make informed decisions about cataract treatment options.
To learn more about laser and surgical procedures to correct cataracts, including dropless cataract surgery, contact The Cataract Institute at New Vision Eye Center in Vero Beach, FL today to request an appointment. To start seeing more clearly, call 772-257-8700 during normal business hours, or contact us online any time.
*Tri-Moxi (combination of triamcinolone acetonide, moxifloxacin hydrochloride and vancomycin) is a compounded proprietary ophthalmic solution formulated by prescription for each patient.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, or need to schedule an eye exam, contact our World-Class Eye Care™ office today!