Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cataract Surgery Candidate with many Medications?

Question: I want to know if I am a candidate for cataract surgery if I take the following medications:
Flomax, Avodart, Advair, Spiriva, Ventolin.

Answer: The list of medications you provided suggests that you have some type of respiratory and/or pulmonary problem such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as well as some type of prostate problem perhaps Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH). Each of these medications individually poses a challenge-but not an impossibility-to Cataract Surgery. Together they make having Cataract Surgery more complex but not impossible. The best Cataract Surgeons will most likely be able to modify their procedure preparation, technique and anesthesia to be able to accommodate your various conditions and medications-they do it all the time. Top Cataract Surgeons do however recommend that you do NOT let the Cataract get too mature as this by itself increases the difficulty of the surgery. Thus as soon as your vision is becoming uncomfortable from the Cataract you should consider having an examination and consultation with the best Cataract Surgeon you can find and be sure to fully advise him or her of all of the medications you are taking and the status of your health overall.

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