The most frequently performed eye surgery in the United States is cataract surgery. After your cataract procedure your doctor will prescribe you several eye drops with the goal of suppressing inflammation and improving pain. Well, those drops may also cost you an arm and a leg. Here is what you need to know.
You may be given at least three different eye drops after cataract surgery, all at a hefty price.
Antibiotic eye drops.
A few tips here: ask your doctor if he/she can prescribe one that has a generic option, like gatifloxacin, so it’s not prohibitively expensive.
The eye doctors like the newer antibiotic eye drops because they believe there is less antibiotic resistance. Ok, I get that, but find one with a generic option or ask for samples because you’ll get sticker shock if you don’t.
Steroid eye drops.
Pred Forte (aka Omnipred) has a generic option called prednisolone acetate 1% which is a much less expensive steroid eye drop than the others. Price these out. Vexol and Maxidex (dexamethasone) are also popular steroid eye drops that have a more reasonable price tag.
NSAID eye drops.
Adding non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) eye drops to steroid eye drops improves outcome after cataract surgery with less swelling, pain and light sensitivity. So the two together are better than each alone.
If cost is an issue, ask about the generic options but they reportedly sting more and need to be used several times a day as opposed to once daily.
Shop around for better prices, generic options, coupons and ask your doctor for samples. Otherwise, these are going to cost you.