Dropless laser cataract surgery

Posted by catladyde9 @catladyde9, Apr 17, 2019

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.

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@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.

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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

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"?

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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.

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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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@catladyde9

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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Hi @catladyde9, I appreciate your returning with the update. When did you have the surgery? What was the recovery like?

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Hi @colleenyoung. My surgeries were June 2nd and June 23rd. I had immediate initial post op appointments with surgeon the next morning for each surgery. With the first surgery, my next post-op appoinment was a week later; with the second surgery my post followup appointment is three weeks after the surgery (I see my surgeon again on July 17th). With the IV instead of all the multiple daily drops, I had very little discomfort, if any. Extra strength Tylenol was sufficient. Bright lighting was very noticeable (I dimmed all my light fixtures to make it more comfortable for the first days after). Wearing the night shield every night for the first week after the surgeries was a bit of a hassle, as the paper tape was a bit harsh on my face. There were no complications whatsoever with either surgery.

Today I obtained my after surgery new prescriptions for all my of glasses (regular vision and sunglasses). It will be so welcome to put away my magnifying glass which I have had to use for reading, especially small fonts. My surgeon did forewarn me that I would need stronger bifocals after the surgery.
I am so very grateful and pleased I was able to have this dropless procedure as my eyes do not/cannot tolerate eye drops. There are only two
eye centers in Western Washington that perform dropless cataract surgery. It was well worth the long drive to Federal Way, Washington to see
Dr. Chung!

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@catladyde9

Hi @colleenyoung. My surgeries were June 2nd and June 23rd. I had immediate initial post op appointments with surgeon the next morning for each surgery. With the first surgery, my next post-op appoinment was a week later; with the second surgery my post followup appointment is three weeks after the surgery (I see my surgeon again on July 17th). With the IV instead of all the multiple daily drops, I had very little discomfort, if any. Extra strength Tylenol was sufficient. Bright lighting was very noticeable (I dimmed all my light fixtures to make it more comfortable for the first days after). Wearing the night shield every night for the first week after the surgeries was a bit of a hassle, as the paper tape was a bit harsh on my face. There were no complications whatsoever with either surgery.

Today I obtained my after surgery new prescriptions for all my of glasses (regular vision and sunglasses). It will be so welcome to put away my magnifying glass which I have had to use for reading, especially small fonts. My surgeon did forewarn me that I would need stronger bifocals after the surgery.
I am so very grateful and pleased I was able to have this dropless procedure as my eyes do not/cannot tolerate eye drops. There are only two
eye centers in Western Washington that perform dropless cataract surgery. It was well worth the long drive to Federal Way, Washington to see
Dr. Chung!

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OK, So did you have the single focus or mutifocus lens put in to correct your vision ? I am on the fence about this at the moment. Glad yours was a great success. Thanks for sharing with the group. Will be doing mine when my pardner heals from knee replacement. Continued good luck. Be Safe

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OK, So did you have the single focus or mutifocus lens put in to correct your vision ? I am on the fence about this at the moment. Glad yours was a great success. Thanks for sharing with the group. Will be doing mine when my pardner heals from knee replacement. Continued good luck. Be Safe

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Hi @aspowells. I specifically requested the standard distance lens replacement which is the only lens fully covered by Medicare.
I was not interested in any of the alternatives – especially for astigmatism or extreme myopia, nor did I want to get rid of any of
my fabulous eyeglasses. Stay safe everyone!

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Most opt for single vision.Much due to costs but many have had issues as well. Thanks for your input and experiences. It helps quite a lot. Take good care.

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@catladyde9

Hi @aspowells. I specifically requested the standard distance lens replacement which is the only lens fully covered by Medicare.
I was not interested in any of the alternatives – especially for astigmatism or extreme myopia, nor did I want to get rid of any of
my fabulous eyeglasses. Stay safe everyone!

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@catladyde9 You are so right I have astigmatism also and the Dr when I had my cataract surgery all he did was flatten out the lens and that was back in 2009 My sight is still as good now as it was after the operation .

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