The work-around is to check comments on your Dashboard as they are listed there in date order. If you post regularly this is more efficient than checking the blog itself.
I moderate comments which means I will not publish any comments until I have a chance to reply to them so there may be a delay in your comment appearing.
The easiest way to reply to a comment now is to copy and paste from the Dashboard into an email. Assuming you already have the person's email in your address book.