Some of the generic drops have become expensive because of consolidation. For example, generic pred forte drops used to be very inexpensive but now there are only two companies that make it and those two companies are owned by the same two large pharmaceuticals that own the branded medicines, hence the price of the generic is almost the same as the expensive branded options. The price of drugs does vary from one pharmacy to another and each insurance plan has its preferred drugs which cost much less for patients depending on the deals they have made with the manufactures. For example brand A might be priced well at one store because they have made a good deal with the manufacturer and made it their preferred drug while brand B would be expensive. Across town a different drug store chain might have a great price for B and a high price for A because they have make B their preferred drug and have a great volume price with the manufacturer.
Alas, it is hard to find a cost effective way to protect your eyes around cataract surgery.
“For several years I have suffered from Uveitis and Macula Odema in one eye. The Macula Odema has settled but the Uveitis is only controlled with Corticosteroid eye drops. I tried to gradually reduce the corticosteroid drops and replace them with the carnosine, but this was not entirely successful and after a visit to the Specialist I am back using the coticosteroid drops. I didn't know whether it would be of any value to use both at the same time. What the Carnosine did do was reduce the pressure and as both my parents had glaucoma I am very conscious of the need to keep the pressure down. So I may need to use the carnosine for that in the future and of course I realize that extended use of the steroid drops can cause cataracts.”