- Did you know that cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States, and it is the leading cause of blindness in the world?
- Cataract surgery has moved to the next level at Indiana Eye Centers and the traditional cataract outpatient surgery performed at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital.
- Patients use eye drops for two weeks with traditional surgery, compared to the more modern
dropless technique where the medicine is placed in the eye during surgery. “Placing medications in the eye at the conclusion of cataract surgery can eliminate the postoperative eye drops use in about 80 percent of patients,” W. Satar, MD said. “I believe putting antibiotics and steroids directly into the eye is better and more effective than using eye drops, because it places the
medicine in the best location in the eye, where it works more effectively.”
- Traditional cataract surgery using drops postoperatively is still an excellent and acceptable
procedure according to Dr. Satar. The dropless cataract surgery though has two main advantages.
“The first is that the cost of the eye drops is eliminated,” he said. “These eye drops, depending upon
the patient’s insurance and co pays can cost between $100 and $250. This is a lot of money for patients on limited income. The second and perhaps an even bigger advantage is that eye drops are completely taken out of the picture, making it more convenient for patients … one less thing to worry about. Lawrence County Memorial Hospital’s surgery center is a state of the art modern and new addition to the hospital. The equipment that is used for cataract surgery here is similar to the
equipment that is used in Evansville, Terre Haute, Indianapolis and at the Mayo Clinic. Years ago,
you had to go to bigger hospitals with better equipment (for cataract surgery), but that’s not true
- Satar averages eight to 10 procedures a month in Lawrenceville. On a single day this month, though, 16 were scheduled.
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