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Is Dropless Cataract Surgery Right for You?

Cataracts are a common eye condition. They occur when the lens of your eye, which is ordinarily clear, becomes foggy.

There's a good chance you'll develop cataracts at some point in your life, if you don't have them already. Cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans age 40 or older, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Cataracts are associated with aging; by age 75, about half of all Americans have cataracts, the AAO reports.

Fortunately, cataracts can be successfully treated. At Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of MyEyesToday.com, our eye care specialists offer expert cataract care, including a procedure known as dropless cataract surgery. Is it right for you?

About cataracts

Your eyes each contain a clear lens that helps focus light onto the retina, which transmits visual information from your eye to your brain. When naturally occurring proteins in the lens start to break down, you may develop cataracts.

Cataracts cause blurriness and other visual problems, such as reduced night vision, double vision, changes in how colors appear to you, halos around lights, or a greater sensitivity to light or glare.

Treating cataracts

When cataracts first develop, they may cause few or no symptoms. But over time, symptoms tend to worsen. When they do, your eye care provider may recommend cataract surgery, which replaces your faulty lens with an artificial lens.

Typically, patients who have cataract surgery must use several types of prescription eye drops for up to four weeks after surgery. However, with dropless cataract surgery, you don't have to use eye drops because your care provider administers the medication you need during your surgery instead of having you give yourself eye drops after surgery.

In dropless surgery, your provider injects a mix of antibiotics and corticosteroids directly into your eye. This drug mix protects your eyes as you heal from surgery.

Are you a candidate for dropless cataract surgery?

Patients like the convenience of dropless cataract surgery because they don't have to remember to apply eye drops. Those with limited medical insurance also appreciate not having to pay for drops.

However, dropless cataract surgery isn’t recommended for everyone, so ask your provider. In general, this procedure is not advised for people with severe glaucoma or for those with allergies to the types of medications used.

If you suspect you have cataracts, or if you have any type of eye concern, our skilled team of doctors is here to help. Don't wait to have your eyes checked if you’re experiencing a vision problem.

Contact us to schedule a visit today. Our offices are conveniently located in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona.

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