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Making the Case for Dropless Cataract Surgery
Removing the burden of post-op eye drop regimens simplifies recoveries for patients and contributes to improved outcomes.
Joe Paone | Senior Editor
Publish Date: November 15, 2021   |  Tags:   Pain Management Patient Experience Infection Prevention Ophthalmology
Neil Shorstein
QUICK FIX Dr. Neal Shorstein says the dropless cataract surgeries he performs take less than a minute longer than standard procedures.   |   Kaiser Permanente

Cataract surgery is usually performed quickly and typically without incident. It’s the recoveries that could prove problematic. Patients must administer a staggering number of drops safely and properly at home in the days and weeks after the surgery to prevent infection and inflammation. They must use proper technique and stick to a rigorous schedule — challenges that many patients don’t or can’t meet.

“If patients undergo surgery on both eyes, they need to instill more than 500 drops,” says Neal Shorstein, MD, an ophthalmologist at Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek, Calif. “You’re talking about an antibiotic, a steroid and, often, an NSAID that the patient must administer in both eyes.”

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