In an ideal world, patients could undergo lens surgery without needing to use medications for maintaining intraoperative mydriasis or controlling pain, inflammation, and infection risk. The reality is different, but surgeons today can choose from a number of newer modalities that address the drawbacks associated with previous options, said William D. Trattler, MD.
Speaking at the American Academy of Ophthalmology 2019 Refractive Surgery Subspecialty Day, Dr. Trattler described the challenges accompanying some postoperative medications and provided an overview of more recent innovations to help surgeons sort out the growing number of choices for perioperative medication regimens.
“There is no one best protocol, and we may all be using something different,” said Dr. Trattler, who specializes in refractive, corneal, and cataract surgery at the Center For Excellence In Eye Care, Miami, FL. “The good news is that there are many great options, we are doing a great job for our patients, and we can expect that our choices will continue to evolve.”
William D. Trattler, MD
Dr. Trattler is a consultant to EyePoint, Omeros, Ocular Therapeutix, and other companies that provide medications used perioperatively for cataract and refractive lens surgery.