Durezol Helps Eyes Recover From Cataract Surgery More Quickly

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Carolina Eyecare Research Institute and Kerry Solomon, MD find Durezol helps eyes recover from cataract surgery more quickly than Pred Forte. Patients had better visual acuity, and their corneas and retinas were less affected by surgery than those of the patients who had been prescribed Pred Forte to control inflammation after surgery.

Kerry D. Solomon, M.D.

The state-of-the-art of cataract surgery is evolving in exciting directions so quickly that today’s cataract patient can expect better results than even five years ago.

Curiosity leads to insight, and eye surgeon Kerry Solomon’s curiosity led to a discovery that will have a positive impact on the vision of cataract surgery patients everywhere for years to come.

Shortly after Solomon, an ophthalmologist at Carolina Eyecare Physicians, began prescribing a new eye drop medication (Durezol) to control inflammation as his patients recovered from cataract surgery, he noticed that many of them had better test results than he had seen when he had been prescribing the “old” medication, Pred Forte. His Durezol patients had better visual acuity (the ability to distinguish an object’s details and shape), and their corneas and retinas were less affected by surgery than those of the patients who had been prescribed Pred Forte to control inflammation after surgery.

Solomon’s curiosity was piqued. Was this just a coincidence, or was Durezol actually responsible for the difference in results? He began to collect data and systematically comparing test results of Durezol and Pred Forte patients, then turned to researcher Dr. Helga Sandoval of Carolina Eyecare Research Institute for help in conducting a more formal investigation.

When the results were in, they clearly confirmed Solomon’s hunch: Durezol helps eyes recover from cataract surgery more quickly than Pred Forte.    

The results of the study were recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and have been published in the April 2010 issue of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today.

Solomon notes that this is only one way that cataract surgery has evolved over the past few years. “The news is actually so much larger than the superior results we can achieve with Durezol,” he says. “The state-of-the-art of cataract surgery is evolving in exciting directions so quickly that today’s cataract patient can expect better results than even five years ago. The work going on everyday right here in Charleston at Carolina Eyecare Research Institute contributes to that evolution.”

Carolina Eyecare Research Institute is one of the Lowcountry’s largest privately-held ophthalmology research centers. From investigating better surgical techniques and therapeutic treatments, to testing new medical devices, this research results in improved technologies and procedures for cataract surgery, refractive lens surgery, LASIK vision correction, and treating glaucoma.

“There’s a story behind each innovation we facilitate with this research, and these stories are unfolding right now in Charleston,” Solomon says. “That’s something we can all feel good about, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have a part in making it happen.”

Dr. Solomon is available for interviews, which can be scheduled through Keri Bogan.

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