What is Dropless cataract surgery?

Most patients use over 500 eye drops for up to a month after cataract surgery. These drops give the patient necessary medications that prevent infection and inflammation, but applying eye drops several times a day for weeks can be inconvenient.

Dropless Cataract surgery is a new development in cataract surgery that allows us to administer necessary medication to your eye during surgery – eliminating the need for you to use eye drops after your surgery. After a Dropless cataract surgery from an experienced eye surgeon, you will not have to use any eye drops. The medicine is already there.

The Dropless procedure is the same as other cataract surgeries: The surgeon removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with a new, artificial lens. You can read more about the cataract removal procedure if you're interested. In a Dropless procedure, the doctor then administers a combination of medications to the eye. These are the same medications that are found in the eye drops most cataract surgery patients apply after surgery; but in a Dropless procedure, they are administered during the surgery, so eye drops after surgery are no longer necessary.

This is a new, yet completely safe and approved procedure. It reduces the risk of infection by 3–8 fold and reduces eye irritation. There is always a risk after a traditional cataract surgery that the patient will forget to use their eye drops. This can cause inflammation and infection. With Dropless we no longer rely on eye drops, so we can ensure that the eye gets the proper dose of medication when it needs it.

If you don't like needles or surgical details, then skip this paragraph. We administer the medication by injecting it into the back of the eye. It sounds painful, but the patient doesn't feel any pain. The medication is then in the eye already – eliminating the need for post-surgery eye drops. The surgery is about the same length and cost as traditional cataract surgery.

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What is in the medication you put in my eye?

The medication is a combination of antibiotics and steroids that keep the eye from getting infections. They are the same medications that are in the eye drops you usually use after cataract surgery.

Some eye surgeons who perform Dropless cataract surgery use a type of medication called TriMoxy. In a very small percentage of patients, that medication can cause ongoing vision problems. Our combination of medications that we use does not have TriMoxy in it, making our outcomes better than average.

Do patients like Dropless cataract surgery better than normal cataract surgery?

We did a study in our surgery center to find if patients liked Dropless cataract surgery better than traditional or laser cataract surgery. In our study, every single patient preferred the Dropless cataract surgery over other types of cataract surgeries, including laser cataract surgery. It's simply more convenient and easier for the patient.

What's the downside to Dropless surgery?

There is only one negative side effect that we have experienced: For the first few days after the Dropless cataract surgery, some patients see spots in their vision. After a few days then the patient's vision becomes completely clear.

In a normal cataract surgery, the patient's vision is corrected within 24 hours, but they have to administer several eye drops multiple times a day for weeks.

Is it more expensive than other cataract surgeries?

That's the best part! It's ultimately less expensive than other cataract surgeries. The eye drops you administer after a traditional cataract surgery can cost between $250 and $500 per eye. The Dropless cataract surgery itself is about the same price as other cataract surgeries, but there are no post-surgery costs – making it more affordable than other options.

It does cost more on our side to perform the Dropless cataract surgery. We believe in the success of the surgery, so we absorb any additional costs without raising the price for the patient.

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Deciding between treatment options is hard. It's really hard. That's why we have a team of counselors to help you weigh your options and choose which surgery or treatment is best for you. After you meet with one of our eye doctors, you'll sit down with one of our counselors, Andrew, Andrea, or Isabella, and they will walk you through your doctor's recommendations. Sometimes there are several options to choose between, and your counselor will show you what to expect from each and help you make a decision. Schedule a consultation with our counselors today!

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