Less Hassle With Dropless Cataract Surgery | Kare11 | Chu Vision Institute


Cataract surgery is a common procedure as
people age. Having them removed can save your vision. But recovering from the surgery can be inconvenient
and costly for patients. There’s a new option available though that could save a patient
money. Kare 11’s Renee Tessman has the details all new at 6. It was a freeway exit sign that alerted Maitland
Edwards and his wife that he needed cataract surgery. I couldn’t see it until I was under it. And
she, she got quite concerned. She says I’m not driving with you anymore. He’s back in
the drivers eat after having a new procedure called dropless catract surgery at Chu Vision. Maitland: There’s some real measurable benefits
of not having to deal with drops. Dr. Chu: To me this is one of the most exciting
things that happened in cataract surgery. Renee: Dr. Ralph Chu says with dropless cataract
surgery, instead of patients having to put drops in their eyes up to two months after
surgery, the medication is injected into the eye during surgery, behind the new replacement
lens. Dr. Chu: And there is a little pocket there,
a little sort of space that’s generated and the medicine just sits in there and gets absorbed
over the first few weeks after surgery Renee: He says drops can be tough for patients
with arthritis, tremors or living in a nursing home, there is also added costs. Dropless
reduces the risk of infection and the cost is bundled into the procedure. Dr. Chu: So once they get the injection, 95
percent of patients are able to be drop free after surgery. Renee: Edwards is actually one of the few
that has an advanced technology lens so while he had a pocket of medication in his eye he
still had to do some drops but not nearly as many as he would have Maitland: I can’t tell you how pleased I am. Renee Testman, Kare 11 News Dr. Chu has been doing dropless cataract surgery
since last summer. He says there is no cost for the injection to the patient. That cost,
he says, is absorbed by the surgery center

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