Cataract Surgery

ASCRS swings into ‘Big Easy’ for 2016 meetingProgramming for this year’s ASCRS meeting promises quality education for anterior segment specialists, practice managers, and ophthalmic technicians and nurses.
Intracanalicular drug depot may fill unmet need for better topical therapyA sustained-release dexamethasone intracanalicular depot may be able to treat post-cataract surgery inflammation without causing spikes in IOP. The product’s one-time administration may also improve compliance and convenience.
Tool allows cataract extraction, IOL implantation, silicone oil removal in one-stage procedureA new instrument can be used during cataract surgery to remove silicone oil placed in the vitreous cavity during prior surgery for complicated retinal detachment.
Narrowing down on small incisions with 700-μm angulated phaco tipRichard Packard, MD, explains how he created a phaco tip family to fill a need for a coaxial phaco tip that was efficient in small incisions.
Scientific evidence mounting for superior outcomes with dropless cataract surgeryKevin M. Barber, MD, explains how a dropless cataract surgery approach helps to alleviates anxiety, cost burdens, and adherence issues associated with traditional drop therapy.
The effect of drug pricing on cataract surgeryIn a recent wave of drug price increases that can only be explained by pharmaceutical manufacturers’ desire for profit maximization and which doctors and patients may call price gouging, the drug price war has been brought to the doorsteps of many eyecare providers. As optometrists are increasing their practice of medical optometry, patients are now calling their doctors about prior authorizations and unaffordable drug copays.
Caring for the post-operative cataract patient
Caring for the post-operative cataract patientCataract surgery is one of the most successful surgeries performed in the United States. By 2020, it is estimated the number of people having cataract surgery will double, and by 2030 it will triple. The optometrist’s role in comanaging these patients will be of critical importance. Developing and maintaining your post-operative clinical care skills is imperative.
Switch to laser cataract surgery optimizes outcomesMaking the switch to laser cataract surgery proved beneficial for one surgeon, who experienced improvements to his LASIK enhancement rate, refractive accuracy, and visual acuity outcomes.