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Dropless Cataract Surgery at Eye Associates
Created on: Friday, September 12, 2014
Author: Eye Associates Surgi Center of Vineland
The most common practice amongst eye surgeons that perform cataract surgery is to prescribe their patients with eye drops to use before and after the procedure. This practice almost always raises questions, causes problems and ends up becoming quite costly for patients.
Another concern of having to use eye drops before and after cataract surgery is the possible that those drops are not being administered properly. This becomes and unknown variable for Drs. Tyson and Holzinger during the procedure. For these reasons, Eye Associates has decided to eliminate the burden of having to use drops for the majority of our patients.
Instead, the surgeons at Eye Associates administer all drops needed inside the eye of a patient during surgery. “It’s very important that the drops are used properly to assure proper healing of the eye after surgery,” says Dr. Tyson. “Unfortunately, taking these drops can be very confusing. I feel much better now that I am the one responsible for instilling all medication needed in the eye immediately after cataract surgery is complete.”
This decision came about after thorough research and training. “This is the way it has been done in Europe for many years and with great success,” states Dr. Tyson. “Surgeons in the U.S. are finally catching on and we at Eye Associates are leading the charge!”
There are several reasons why Eye Associates decided to make this innovative change. As previously mentioned, many patients often have to rely on others to provide their drops because of the difficulty associated with physical limitations such as arthritis. Another concerning factor is that the schedule associated with the drops is long, confusing and time-confusing.
Another burden of having to use pre and post-surgery eye drops is the expense associated with going to the pharmacy to get another prescription or getting denied refills from the pharmacy. Eye Associates estimated that depending on what type of insurance as patient has they may end up spending approximately $200 to $300 on these eye drops. “The savings to our patients will be substantial,” says Dr. Tyson. “We are happy all the way around for our patients. As surgeons we feel much more comfortable that our patients are getting all the medication they need at the time of surgery.”
With dropless cataract surgery, the hassle associated with using drops has now been completely eliminated for the majority of our patients. Going to the pharmacy to get drops as well as refills has been phased out. This extra expense is no longer a thing for patients to worry about. Eye Associates knows how to make cataract surgery easier for our patients because we care.
If you have any questions about dropless cataract surgery at Eye Associates, please call our office to speak with one of our experienced doctors.