"These eye drops are SO expensive."
"My insurance says I have to take this generic drop."
Every day our doctors, technicians, and surgical counselors hear some version of these two sentences. We hear it from almost everyone! It's funny how viewpoints have changed over the years. The fee that your insurance company pays a doctor and his staff to do everything that is necessary for cataract surgery in about 60% LESS than it was in the year 1990, and that's WITHOUT taking into account any inflation. That means in 1990 the co-pay for cataract surgery was greater than what it costs in 2012 to buy the very best eyedrops that protect you from infection and inflammation.
Sometimes newer medicines really are better. They might work better, or have fewer side effects, or need to be taken less frequently. All of these things are important because you will have a better outcome from your cataract surgery if you take your medicine as our doctors have prescribed. Better vision. A lower risk of infection. Dramatically lower chances of swelling and inflammation. We have chosen the best medicines, the ones with the fewest side effects that are the easiest to take.
You have two eyes. You will have cataract surgery on each eye once in your lifetime. Which is actually more expensive, the cost of the eyedrops your surgeon has chosen for you after careful studying of all the options, or the cost of using generic eyedrops that must be used more frequently, have more side effects, and may in some cases be less effective?