What is Dropless Cataract Surgery?
For years whenever we performed cataract surgery, we used eye drops before and after cataract surgery to help promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. While eye drops work well, they can also present difficulties. Often times patients can experience side effects from the medications, trouble obtaining the drops from the pharmacy, expensive out of pocket medication costs, and difficulties placing drops in the eye.
In an effort to make surgery more convenient for our patients while reducing out of pocket costs, we use a new medication (Tri-Moxi), which is placed inside the eye at the time of surgery. With this advanced treatment, you may not need to use drops after surgery.
Tri-Moxi is a combination of an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory. The eye absorbs this combination during the following month. This provides patients will the benefits of antibiotics as well as anti-inflammatory medications without the hassle of having to remember to instill drops multiple times a day!
Benefits of Dropless Cataract Surgery
The cost of prescription eye drops can be significant, depending on your health insurance coverage. With dropless surgery, most patients won’t need to worry about expensive eye drops. Depending on your prescription coverage, you may have to pay upwards of $300 for eye drops after cataract surgery. Our Dropless Cataract Surgery technique saves you money yet still ensures you get the very best result.
Hassle Free After Care
The advantage of using this medication in surgery is that your post-operative care will be simplified. Studies have shown that this medication allows us to reduce or eliminate drops after surgery about 95% of the time. Only a very small number of patients may have breakthrough inflammation that requires eye drops to be started.
Tri-Moxi also shows improved success for the prevention of infections over traditional drop methods after cataract surgery. One study suggested that 93% of patients improperly administer eye drops, either by missing the eye, instilling the incorrect number of drops, contaminating the bottle, or skipping doses. However, with Tri-Moxi, noncompliance becomes a nonissue.
Potential Side Effects
As with all medications, even Tri-Moxi has side effects. These include the presence of floaters, as well as blurred vision (sometimes quite blurry) immediately after surgery. The floaters and/or cloudiness can occasionally last for up to a few weeks after surgery. Your eye doctor will examine you at your post-operative appointments and let you know if you can continue to go without drops or if they feel that drops will need to be started.
To schedule an appointment for a cataract evaluation at our Bayside, Brookfield, Franklin, or Milwaukee East Side location, please call 414-271-2020. Our Milwaukee Eye Care doctors will be with you every step of the way and help you make the most informed decision.