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What Escalating Drug Prices Mean For Cataract Patients

September 1, 2016

It’s no secret that pharmaceutical manufacturers have been raising drug prices on a variety of drugs in order to maximize their profits. Unfortunately, it’s patients that bear the brunt of this price gouging, and without low-cost alternatives, high priced drugs can have serious consequences for patients.

And these escalating drug prices aren’t just restricted to one segment of the medical world. They have even put patients undergoing eye procedures in a tough position. Bottles of eye drops, just a few mL each, have skyrocketed to hundreds of dollars. Generic brands are cheaper, but still quite pricey for a 5 mL bottle that patients need after cataract surgery. Until now, patients needed three different kinds of eye drops—a steroid, an antibiotic, and a non-steroidal. People could easily end up running through their savings to afford cataract surgery, or put it off altogether because they felt they couldn’t afford it.

The costs of these different drugs is prohibitive for some, and that’s not even mentioning the time and effort that it takes to put that many drops in each eye every day. For elderly patients, multiple applications a day for four to six weeks can be a hardship. Drops can be inconvenient or difficult to administer, meaning they might not be getting the benefits they need from all their different drops. Those patients need help administering their eye drops, and that help can be difficult to find multiple times a day for several weeks.

There has to be a better way to avoid the high prices and make it easier for patients to administer their medications. That’s why at OCLI, we now offer DropLess Cataract Surgery. Now, our premium refractive cataract surgery patients only need a non-steroidal eye drop, applied once a day for three weeks. That’s one drop in each eye every day, rather than multiple drops from three different bottles for up to six weeks. During your cataract surgery, a combination of a steroid and antibiotic is placed within the eye, which is designed to aid in the healing process and makes the two other eye drops unnecessary.

But we also offer a different way to cut down on your costs after cataract surgery. Formulated eye drops, Less Drops, combine all three medications into one. So you can now get a steroid, a non-steroidal, and an antibiotic drop all in one. Just one drop, three times a day, for three weeks.

There really is no reason to keep buying overpriced eye drops that are tough to administer yourself. As we get access to new and better technology, we pass it on to you, our patients, to make sure that you can get the treatment you need, at a price you can actually afford. There’s no longer any reason to put off the cataract surgery that will improve your vision and quality of life.

So what are you waiting for? Call the vision professionals at OCLI today. Make an appointment right now and see what you have been missing!


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