Many ophthalmologists have moved away from routine use of eye drops post cataract surgery. Traditionally, I used three different medications in eye drop form for basically all patients after cataract surgery. In recent years, a technique involving placing antibiotics and steroid at the time of surgery has gained popularity as I noted above.
Now, I am jumping on the bandwagon. This definitely doesn’t mean that none of my patients will get eye drops after surgery. Even those in whom I have the goal of avoiding eye drops might need them, so this is by no means a guarantee of “dropless” surgery. However, I think that these techniques are good enough now that it makes sense to incorporate them into my practice.