Drop-less Cataract Surgery is an advanced procedure from Precision Vision which offers patients the option of having cataract surgery performed in such a way that most patients no longer need to take drops after surgery. Traditional cataract surgery requires the patient to use multiple eye drops before and after surgery, often up to four times a day for a month or more. In most cases, Drop-less Cataract Surgery eliminates the need to apply a few hundred drops in patients who are having cataract surgery on both eyes. Besides the convenience, eliminating post-op drops can save the patient between $100 to $300.
In Drop-less Cataract Surgery, a medicine (a combination of steroid and an antibiotic) is placed in the eye at the time of surgery. The medication is absorbed by the eye over the next few weeks, providing patients the benefit of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines without needing to repeatedly use them in the form of eye drops.
The Drop-less Cataract Surgery method is very safe, and is in fact considered safer than other options. The procedure reduces the risk of infection and retinal swelling comparable to using eye drops. Drop-less Cataract Surgery also reduced the chance of side effects from the eye drops.
Drop-less cataract surgery is an option for most patients that need surgery. There is certain criteria that should be met that determines candidacy. Whether or not a patient is within those parameters is determined at the time of the cataract evaluation, by additional ancillary testing (macular OCT, iTrace, and the dilated eye examination). If candidacy is achieved, Dr. Pickard will have a discussion with you about the option of drop-less surgery.