First “Dropless” Cataract Surgery in L.A. Area Performed by Dr. Paul Dougherty
Westlake Village, Calif. – February 11, 2015 — Paul Dougherty, MD of Dougherty Laser Vision is the first surgeon in greater Los Angeles to perform and offer Dropless Cataract Surgery – a new technique with the potential to transform the most popular surgical procedure in the U.S.
More than three million cataract procedures are performed in the U.S. annually. Until now, cataract patients were required to follow a complex and expensive post-surgical eye drop regimen that can last six weeks or longer. The regimen is self-administered and can present a challenge for patients, many of whom wind up missing their scheduled dose. Such patients face an increased risk of inflammation and infection that can lead to loss of vision.
Now You Can Eliminate Eye Drops
The new Dropless Cataract Surgery technique offered by Dr. Dougherty and a growing number of top cataract surgeons is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for prescription eye drops and therefore enable cataract patients to experience a safer, more convenient recovery.
Eliminate the Compliance Issues With Eye Drops
Surgeons who use this new technique apply a formulation of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory directly into the vitreous (jelly-like material behind the eye’s natural lens) during surgery. Once applied, the formulation is delivered via time-release to fight infection and inflammation throughout the recovery period. By placing medication directly into the eye, Dropless Cataract Surgery can save patients hundreds of dollars and reduce or eliminate the compliance issues associated with the use of traditional eye drops.
We Can Now Precisely Apply Your Medicine
“Dropless Cataract Surgery represents a huge step forward because it enables surgeons to apply medicine precisely where it can do the most good,” said Dr. Dougherty. “We no longer have to ask cataract patients to be responsible for using post-surgical drops that may be less effective than medication placed directly inside the eye.”
Dr. Dougherty went on to explain that topical eye drops have variable penetration. They are applied to the eye’s surface, while infection and inflammation occur inside the eye.
Reduce the Risk of Infection by up to 60-fold
“It’s no surprise that studies of Dropless Cataract Surgery show that it may reduce the risk of infection following cataract surgery up to 60-fold compared to eye drops,” he added.
The antibiotic and anti-inflammatory formulation used in Dropless Cataract Surgery is developed by San Diego-based Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMMY). It is an injectable formulation of triamcinolone, moxifloxacin and vancomycin (Tri-MoxiVanco) available in a single, intraocular dose administered during ocular surgery.
Patients interested in learning more about the new Dropless Cataract Surgery procedure should call (866) 987-2020 or visit the Dougherty Laser Vision website at www.doughertylaservision.com to schedule a free consultation.
About Cataract Surgery
A cataract is the clouding of the natural clear lens in the eye, resulting in hazy vision, glare, poor night vision and reduced color perception. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed and replaced with a clear, artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
About Dougherty Laser Vision and Paul Dougherty MD
For nearly 20 years, Dougherty Laser Vision has brought the benefits of LASIK surgery, lens implants, cataract surgery and other advanced vision correction procedures to patients who demand the highest quality care. Medical Director Paul Dougherty, M.D. is an internationally renowned eye surgeon who has performed more than 30,000 vision correction procedures and helped pioneer many of today’s most advanced refractive surgery techniques. He also serves as assistant clinical instructor of ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute and as a principal investigator for numerous FDA trials. Dr. Dougherty was one of the first surgeons in the U.S. to perform laser vision correction on an investigational basis. He also had the procedure on his own eyes in 1997. His book, “See for Yourself – A Patient’s Guide to Permanent Vision Correction,” is a popular guide for consumers. Dougherty Laser Vision has locations throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.