Barenburg Eye Associates is now offering Dropless Cataract surgery. With this procedure, there is no need to use eye drops in the days and weeks following your surgery.
Traditional cataract surgery requires patients to use antibiotic eye drops in the days leading up to surgery, to kill bacteria that could otherwise cause an infection. In addition, patients who have traditional cataract procedures are also required to use anti-inflammatory eye drops after surgery to speed healing, and decrease light sensitivity and discomfort. Generally, patients need to use prescription eye drops for several weeks after their surgery.
Some patients struggle with these treatment requirements; the eye drops may sting, especially early on. The timing and spacing of eye drops can be complicated, and as with any kind of medication, there are significant costs involved.
Dropless cataract surgery is different. With this advanced procedure, you may not need to use antibiotic eye drops before surgery or anti-inflammatory eye drops after surgery. During your dropless surgical procedure, our surgeon will place a combination antibiotic, anti-inflammatory medicine in your eye. Over the course of the month following your surgery, your eye will absorb the medicine, so you don’t need to use separate eye drops. Ask our doctors about this option for you!
A cataract is a clouding of all or part of the normally clear lens within your eye, which results in blurred or distorted vision. Cataracts are most often found in persons over age 55, but they are also occasionally found in younger people.
No one knows exactly what causes cataracts, but it is known that a chemical change occurs within your eye to cause the lens to become cloudy. This may be due to advancing age, heredity or an injury or disease. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation in sunlight, cigarette smoking or the use of certain medications are also risk factors for the development of cataracts.
Although cataracts develop without pain or discomfort, there are some indications that a cataract may be forming. These include blurred or hazy vision, the appearance of spots in front of the eyes, increased sensitivity to glare or the feeling of having a film over the eyes. A temporary improvement in near vision may also indicate formation of a cataract.
Currently, there is no proven method to prevent cataracts from forming. During a comprehensive eye examination, your optometrist can diagnose a cataract and monitor its development and prescribe changes in eyeglasses or contact lenses to maintain good vision.
If your cataract develops to the point that it affects your daily activities, one of our eye care providers can begin the process of evaluating your cataracts to determine if they are ready to be removed. The surgeons at Barenburg Eye Associates have performed thousands of successful cataract surgeries at our state-of-the-art surgery center. During the surgery, the eye’s natural lens is removed and usually replaced with a plastic artificial lens. After surgery, you can return to your examining doctor for continuing care.