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Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center is proud to offer the LenSx® Laser System, a bladeless advanced technology bringing a new level of precision to cataract surgery

Dropless Cataract Surgery

A new advanced procedure to reudce or eliminate the need for eyedrops after cataract surgery

iStent: Glaucoma treatment during cataract surgery

Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center is now implanting the iStent® - the smallest medical device to treat your glaucoma at the time of cataract surgery

Facial Aesthetic Center

Visions of Beauty of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center

Dropless Cataract Surgery

 

Dropless Cataract Surgery

Even with all the technological advances in cataract surgery, patients still have the burden of using multiple eye drops after surgery which often is the most difficult aspect of the procedure for the patient. However, a new advanced procedure called “Dropless Cataract Surgery” is reducing or eliminating the need for eye drops after surgery. Traditionally, patients undergoing cataract surgery are required to adhere to a complex eye drop schedule often with three different medications. The eye drops are used up to 4 times a day for a total of 4- 6 weeks after surgery, adding up to over 400 drops for patients undergoing cataract surgery on both eyes. Because cataract patients are primarily in the 65 and older age range, they may have other medical conditions such as arthritis which can make it difficult to instill the eye drops. Often times, they will need family members or friends to help put the drops into their eyes. Also, the rising cost of prescription medications has placed a significant financial burden on patients. The combination of the eye drops can cost hundreds of dollars sometimes up to 300 dollars in out-of-pocket expense to the patient. In Dropless Cataract Surgery, a compounded mixture of an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication, triamcinolone and moxifloxacin (Tri-Moxi) is placed in the eye after the cataract has been removed and the new intraocular lens is placed. The time-release nature of the medication keeps working throughout the postoperative period, protecting the eye from serious and potentially blinding infections as well as reducing inflammation and retinal swelling. Dropless Cataract Surgery for many eye surgeons represents a significant step forward because it allows surgeons to place the medication directly in the eye where it can be most effective in fighting infection and reducing inflammation. This takes the responsibility away from the patient having to make sure the medication is properly used and placed on the surface of their eye. Studies have shown despite best attempts at using all their eye drops correctly, up to 50% of patients take less than half of their drops prescribed. Dropless Cataract Surgery has been shown in multiple studies to be extremely safe. The most common side effects of Tri-Moxi are the early presence of floaters as well as blurred vision immediately after surgery. The floaters/blurred vision usually last a day or two but occasionally can last up to a few weeks. A small number of patients may also have breakthrough inflammation after surgery and may need to use a single anti-inflammatory eye drop. This breakthrough inflammation usually occurs in only about 5% of the patients with 95% of patients not requiring any drops after surgery. Some patients also may not be candidates for Tri-Moxi if they have other eye conditions such as glaucoma. With all the latest technology breakthroughs in cataract surgery, Dropless Cataract Surgery is definitely one of the most significant recent developments in ophthalmology by providing patients with a simplified and improved postoperative experience. If you are going to have cataract surgery, ask your eye surgeon about Dropless Cataract surgery, and see if may be right for you. Call the Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center at 724-228-2982 to consult with a surgeon about your options for cataract treatment.

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