Innovative Therapy Reduces Patient Burden, Improves Patient Experience
North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat is pleased to announce a revolutionary new treatment option that will provide convenience and cost-savings for patients undergoing cataract surgery. Dropless™ Cataract Surgery makes already effective and safe cataract surgery even better.
While patient outcomes and satisfaction are high following cataract surgery, the post-operative eye drop regimen is often the most difficult aspect of the cataract procedure. In addition to the burden of following a strict dosing schedule, eye drops often cost hundreds of dollars, resulting in financial burden. Dropless™ Cataract Surgery may reduce or eliminate the high cost of prescription medications routinely prescribed, while providing a simpler, less complex recovery.
Traditionally, patients undergoing cataract surgery are required to adhere to a sometimes-confusing eye drop schedule that includes several types of drops, used for 3-4 weeks. These drops reduce the risk of inflammation and infection, and are a critical part of ensuring successful outcomes. However, complications arise when cataract patients miss a scheduled dose, are physically unable to instill the drops, have to rely on the availability of a caregiver to administer the drops, or when the high cost precludes the purchase of the prescribed drops.
During Dropless™ Cataract Surgery, a sterile, compounded formulation of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory is deposited in the back of the eye (the vitreous) at the end of the procedure. The time-released delivery of the drugs helps fight infection and inflammation during the recovery period. Administering the medication at the time of surgery eliminates concerns about patient compliance associated with the use of traditional eye drops.
"The emergence of Dropless™ Cataract Surgery represents a watershed moment for ophthalmology, and we are thrilled to bring this best-in-class practice to our patient community,” said Surgeon. “The introduction of Dropless™ Cataract Surgery helps us reach the ultimate goal for our patients - better vision free of complications and a positive patient experience."
For more information on Dropless™ Cataract Surgery and all the services available at North Caroline Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat, or to schedule an appointment for a cataract evaluation, please call contact us!
About Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States with over 3 million procedures performed annually. A cataract is the clouding of the natural clear lens in the eye, resulting in hazy vision, unusual glare, poor night vision, and a reduction in color perception. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed, and then replaced with a clear, artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Learn more about cataract treatment options here.