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Has anyone had this procedure? Only two centers in my area; do not know anyone who has had this procedure.
If you mean "no drops" after cataract surgery…..yes, I had surgery in my left eye in 2017 at a local surgical center where all the drops were put in the eye during the surgery. I also had cataract surgery in January 2019 at Mayo Clinic for my right eye, and doctor "did not" put drops in during surgery – I put drops in my eye for a number of weeks after the surgery. For me personally, dropless was certainly more convenient, however with the drops administered after surgery eye was less blurry and my eye looked cosmetically better with no noticeable swelling/bruising afterwards.
@cherriann — thank you for your reply. The fairly new still not common dropless laser surgery — no stitches, no needle sticks around the eye, no blades, no IV and no month-long daily routine of multiple eye drop Femtosecond laser LenSx®:the medicine is adminstered directly inside the eyes. My eyes will
not tolerate multiple daily eye drops with guaranteed risks of infection and complications.
Procedure sounds almost exactly like the first surgery I had at my local surgical center with one exception, I did have an IV administered. All medication was administered directly into my eye, too. The same laser surgery that you describe, with no stitches, blades, needles sticks around eye, etc. As to why I had significant swelling and bruising after this surgery is a mystery, and surgeon did not have answer to "why?" this happened. Bruising and swelling lasted for about a month after surgery. Second procedure at Mayo Clinic was a breeze and day after surgery no one would have known by looking at me that I'd had cataract surgery the day before!
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@cherriann thank you for giving more details of your experience. Were both procedures 'dropless"?
No, only my first procedure was dropless and done at a local surgical center. The second surgery was done at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and I did have to use drops for a number of weeks following the surgery.
My dropless cataract surgeries update: Total success, no
complications; my surgery was flawless, my surgeon was/is
marvelous (my surgeon/eye center were the pioneers of this
procedure in my area approx 15 years ago. At my request,
an IV was used in both surgeries instead of numbing drops
which ensured having the smoothest procedures. I chose
not to eliminate my elegant crystal laden glasses — have worn
them for too many decades. I enjoy wearing 'face jewelry' —
my motto always was "if you're blind you might as well look
good doing it". Will obtain new revised Rx for all my
glasses at the end of week. Dropless surgery is an incredible
alternative and is so much easier and more comfortable
than the alternative. I strongly recommend exploring this
stress free marvelous procedure.
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