Gel Gains Approval for Cataract Surgery Incisions

By pendletoneye May 12, 2019

At Pendleton Eye, we are continually monitoring advances in cataract surgery technology. The latest news in this field is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the first gel for use in sealing corneal incisions (when deemed necessary): the ReSure Sealant manufactured by Ocular Therapeutix.

During any cataract surgery process, a small incision must be made in the cornea to allow the cataract-affected lens to be removed and an artificial lens inserted. This can either be done manually with a blade or by using a laser. At Pendleton Eye, our doctors perform laser-based cataract surgery in Oceanside using the advanced LENSAR laser for the most precise treatment possible.

Most cataract surgery incisions are self-sealing and do not require any type of stitches to prevent fluid from leaking from the incision. However, sometimes complications occur and the incision must be sealed. The ReSure Sealant has been shown to close leaking incisions within 20 seconds of application. As the gel breaks down over a seven-day period, it exits the eyes through natural tears.

We will be following this technology closely and may consider implementing it for our patients only when we are 100% sure it is a viable option. If you are having any complications from cataracts in Oceanside or are considering cataract surgery in Oceanside, contact Pendleton Eye today to schedule a Cataract Consultation.