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Dropless Cataract Surgery

At Evergreen Eye Center, our skilled cataract surgeons use advanced technology to produce the best vision outcome after cataract surgery. In addition to this, we also offer dropless cataract surgery to make the recovery process easier for you. 

What Happens After Cataract Surgery?

Each year, millions of people worldwide get cataract surgery. It is a safe and effective procedure to remove the cloudy natural lens from the eye and replace it with an intraocular lens to restore vision. 

Most people are required to use prescription eye drops after the procedure to avoid inflammation and other complications. You must administer the drops several times a day at specific times for them to be effective.

This requirement can add stress and anxiety when you are recovering. Another drawback to this system is having to pay for these prescription eye drops.

In traditional cataract surgery, these eye drops are necessary to promote healing, and it is essential to follow the regiment precisely. 

This critical process can be challenging for those who find it hard to instill drops themselves or have trouble remembering to take the drops.

What Is Dropless Cataract Surgery?

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Because experts continue to make new breakthroughs in the field of cataract surgery, there is another option that can reduce or eliminate your need for drops after cataract surgery. The cataract surgeons at Evergreen Eye Center are proud to be able to offer this option.

This new innovation in cataract surgery is called dropless cataract surgery, which eliminates the need to spend hundreds of dollars on prescription eye drops and administer them daily after surgery. Dropless cataract surgery allows your cataract surgeon to administer the antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication directly into the eye during surgery. 

This process gives you the same protection as the eye drops would. However, it eliminates the stress and additional burden of administering eye drops after surgery.

Dropless cataract surgery can significantly reduce the risk of post-surgery complications, and you will not have to worry about following a strict drop regimen after the procedure. 

How Does It Work?

During dropless cataract surgery and after the new lens has been placed, your cataract surgeon will insert anti-inflammation and antibiotic medicine directly into the eye. After the medication has been instilled, it will deliver a combination of antibiotics and corticosteroids into the eye.

This medication will be slowly released over the first few weeks after the procedure to promote healing. Some people may not be candidates for dropless cataract surgery.

For those with diabetes or other complicating factors, eye doctors may require a more extended period of using eye drops post-surgery. However, the bulk of the medication needed to prevent infection will already have been administered during surgery. 

This process shifts the burden away from you. 

What Are the Benefits of Dropless Cataract Surgery?

One benefit to this technique is that it is cheaper. Even with medical insurance, those who undergo traditional cataract surgery often have to pay for a portion of the cost of the drops needed after the procedure. 

Dropless cataract surgery can save you money since this cost will likely be mostly eliminated. When finances are a concern, people may try to stretch their drops to avoid refills.

If you do not use the correct amount of drops with each dose, your eyes will not receive adequate protection, possibly resulting in complications. Because the medication is administered directly into the eye during the surgery, another benefit is the lowered risk of post-surgery infection and swelling. 

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Dropless cataract surgery significantly reduces your risk of complications after the procedure and is a convenient alternative to traditional cataract surgery. Another advantage is that you will not need to worry about using eye drops consistently after surgery.

Many people do not feel comfortable using eye drops or feel confident they can administer them correctly. Although dropless cataract surgery significantly decreases the need for eye drops after surgery, your cataract surgeon may still recommend using eye drops in smaller amounts.

Even though you may still need some eye drops, compliance will be easier because the requirements are still not as burdensome. Instilling daily medicated eye drops for seniors and or the elderly can be confusing, stressful, or challenging.

The need for eye drops after cataract surgery can be additional stress on caregivers and family members. This can be especially true for a post-surgical patient who is not physically or mentally capable of doing it themselves. 

With dropless cataract surgery, the need for most eye drops for those who are elderly is eliminated, so the experience does not add additional responsibilities for senior caregivers.

How Do I Know If I am a Candidate for Dropless Cataract Surgery?

Most people respond well to dropless cataract surgery and will enjoy the benefits of not having to purchase and administer eye drops for weeks after surgery. However, it is essential to check with medical insurance providers before surgery to determine if the dropless cataract surgery procedure will be covered.

If it is not covered, you can make payment arrangements with Evergreen Eye Care. The first step to finding out if you are a good candidate for the safe and effective option of dropless cataract surgery is to make an appointment with your eye doctor.

Your eye doctor will determine if this procedure is a good option for you during this evaluation based on your medical history and other factors. Any person experiencing the signs or symptoms of cataracts should not hesitate to visit an eye doctor to get a definitive diagnosis and determine if it is time for cataract surgery.

Do you want to learn more about how the dropless cataract surgery process works? Schedule an appointment at Evergreen Eye Center today!

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