About Dropless Cataract Surgery
—Innovative Therapy Reduces Patient Burden, Improves Patient Experience—
For decades, whenever we have performed cataract surgery, we have used eye drops before and after cataract surgery to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. While eye drops, in general, work quite well, there are often problems associated with the side effects of the medications, as well as difficulties obtaining the drops from the pharmacy and placing them in the eye.
In an effort to make our surgery more convenient for our patients, and to reduce costs (a complete set of brand name drops costs the patient approximately $400 per eye), we have begun using a new medication, Tri-Moxi, which is placed inside the eye at the time of surgery. Studies have shown that this medication allows us to reduce drops after surgery by about 95% of the time. A small number of patients may have breakthrough inflammation that requires an eye-drop regimen to be started.
The advantage of using this medication in surgery is that your postoperative course will be simplified: There is a 95% chance that you will only have to place one prescription eye drop in your eye. This reduces the chance of having side effect on your ocular surface, and simplifies the postoperative course by not having to deal with the inconvenience and expense of obtaining and placing excessive drops on to your eye. For our patients with arthritis, or otherwise, who have difficulty administering drops, we feel utilizing Dropless Cataract Surgery is especially beneficial.
As with all medications, however, even Tri-Moxi has side effects. These include the presence of floaters, which may appear cloud-like, as well as blurred vision during the immediate postoperative period. The doctor will examine our patients on the first day after surgery and let them know if they can continue to go with one drop or if he feels that more eye drops will be necessary.
About Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States with over three million procedures performed annually. A cataract is the clouding of the natural clear lens in the eye, resulting in hazy vision, unusual glare, poor night vision, and a reduction in color perception. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed, and then replaced with a clear, artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
About Sifri Eye Center
For over 50 years, we’ve been serving patients in Western Hills, creating a compassionate and caring environment. From diabetes consultations to cataract and glaucoma surgeries, we are here to help improve and protect your eyesight at any stage of your life. We also do routine eye exams to catch problems before they become serious. We can serve your eye care needs in our two convenient locations. Call us today for an appointment!
Two convenient locations:
2745 Anderson Ferry Rd in Cincinnati
10400 New Haven Rd. in Harrison
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