Innovative New Treatment Improves Patient Experience
(Honolulu, Hawai‘i — February 23, 2015) – Tyrie Jenkins, M.D. announced she is now offering a new treatment option for patients undergoing cataract surgery that reduces or eliminates the need for costly eye drops. Dr. Jenkins is the first in the state to perform Dropless Cataract SurgeryTM. The time-released medication administered during surgery provides convenience and cost-savings for patients while alleviating compliance concerns for practitioners.
While patient outcomes and satisfaction are high following cataract surgery, the post-operative eye drop regimen is often the most difficult aspect of the procedure. In addition to the need to follow a strict dosing schedule, eye drops often cost hundreds of dollars, resulting in financial burden. Dropless Cataract Surgery may reduce or eliminate the high cost of prescription medications routinely prescribed, while providing a simpler, less complex recovery.
Traditionally, patients who undergo cataract surgery must adhere to an eye drop schedule that includes several types of drops used for three to four weeks. These drops reduce the risk of inflammation and infection, and are a critical part of ensuring successful outcomes. However, complications arise when cataract patients miss a scheduled dose, are physically unable to instill the drops, have to rely on the availability of a caregiver to administer the drops or when the high cost precludes the purchase of the prescribed drops.
During Dropless Cataract Surgery, a sterile, compounded formulation of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication is deposited in the back of the eye (the vitreous). The time-released delivery of the drugs helps fight infection and inflammation during the recovery period. Administering the medication at the time of surgery eliminates concerns about patient compliance associated with the traditional eye drop regimen.
“The emergence of Dropless Cataract Surgery represents a watershed for ophthalmology, as we bring this best-in-class practice to Hawai`i,” said Dr. Jenkins. “The introduction of this important treatment option helps us reach the ultimate goal for our patients – better vision without complications and a positive patient experience.”
For more information on Dropless Cataract Surgery and all the services available at Jenkins Eye Care, or to schedule an appointment for a cataract evaluation, please call (808)-591-9911 or visit http://jenkinseyecare.com/.
About Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States with over three million procedures performed annually. A cataract is the clouding of the natural clear lens in the eye, resulting in hazy vision, unusual glare, poor night vision, and a reduction in color perception. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed, and then replaced with a clear, artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
About Jenkins Eye Care
Jenkins Eye Care has provided ophthalmic care to Hawai‘i for 25 years. Led by medical pioneer Tyrie Jenkins, M.D., Jenkins Eye Care studies the latest discoveries and innovative trends to bring Hawai‘i the most advanced technologies and treatments available in ophthalmology. Providing compassionate care in an ‘ohana setting, Jenkins Eye Care is Hawai‘i’s premier LASIK and cataract specialist. For more information, visit: http://jenkinseyecare.com/.