FDA approves trifocal cataract surgery lens

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the first trifocal intraocular lens from Alcon, for use in patients undergoing cataract surgery in the United States. Clinical studies demonstrated that the lens offers patients outstanding near, intermediate and distance vision while also reducing the need for glasses post-op. With more than 4 million cataract […]

Cataract Surgery Improves Sleep Quality

A new study shows improved sleep and daytime cognitive ability after patients undergo cataract surgery with intraocular lens implants. These study results were reported in JAMA Ophthalmology and conducted by researchers at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. A small laboratory study involving 13 patients aged 55 to 80 who had undergone cataract surgery two […]

Phone interview for pre-op cataract patients safe

In an effort to determine whether preoperative (pre-op) phone calls could safely be a substitute for the traditional in-person pre-op office visit, researchers conducted a retrospective study of the outcomes of pre-op phone consults and traditional in-person pre-op office visits. In October 2015, surgeons at Boston Medical Center were given permission to conduct the pre-op […]

Starry-eyed: Man affected by rare rosette cataract

While cataracts commonly afflict older adults, when younger people develop a cataract, it’s usually due to trauma to the head or eye. A man in India found this out the hard way after taking a punch to the left side of his face. Two days after the fight, the man sought medical help when his […]

Age of surgeon does not affect cataract surgery outcome

Should a patient undergoing cataract surgery be concerned if the ophthalmologist performing surgery is advanced in years? Researchers poured over almost 500,000 cataract operations performed in Ontario, Canada between 2009 and 2013 to try and determine if older surgeons performing cataract surgery were linked to a higher incidence of adverse post-operative complications. The cases that […]

Clinical study to begin for post-op cataract injection

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals will being a clinical study in Canada to test the safety and efficacy of their Dropless TriMoxi. The study will enroll 200 bilateral cataract surgery patients to compare the Dropless TriMoxi to traditional eye drop therapy. The Dropless Therapy┬« is a compounded antibiotic and steroid formulation that is available in a single, injectable […]

Eye surgeons protest new No Anesthesia Rule

Anthem Inc., the umbrella company for Empire BlueCross BlueShield, is implementing a new rule that eliminates coverage for nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists during routine cataract surgery. This new rule means that eye surgeons have to sedate the patients, perform the surgery and monitor their vital signs. While Anthem states that the new policy was based […]

New drug approved by FDA for post-cataract surgery treatment

Elderly patients who undergo cataract surgery will now have the option of receiving a single injection of Dexycu immediately following surgery. Dexycu was approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for inflammation associated with cataract surgery. Currently, post-operative treatment consists of burdensome self-administration of medicated eyedrops multiple times a day over several […]

Cataract surgery linked to lower risk of early death

Cataract surgery might have the added benefit of reducing the risk of an early death for older women. Researchers recently reviewed data on over 74,000 women with cataracts including over 41,000 who had cataract surgery. The average of the women in the study was 71 years and the women were a part of the Women’s […]

Dr. Paul Krawitz performs Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

Dr. Paul Krawitz is a nationally-renowned, expert cataract and glaucoma ophthalmic surgeon. He performs laser-assisted cataract surgery.