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None: Flomax does not cause cataracts to progress more quickly or more slowly. The reason that the ads on tv tell patients to alert their doctor is so that the surgeon can have extra measures on hand during cataract surgery. Floppy iris can be dealt with in the o.R. With special medicines and artificial iris holders, so patients on Flomax should not stop the medicine for cataract surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tamsulosin is the generic name for a very commonly used drug flomax. Tamsulosin is indicated for patients who have symptoms of enlarged prostate , frequency, too many trips to the bath room. , slow flow , dribbling the medication relaxes the smooth muscles around the prostate and makes it easy to urinate it should be taken at bed time to avoid side effects .. Dizziness ...Read more
Floppy iris syndrome: Extended use of Flomax can cause atrophy of the iris muscles resulting in improper dilation of the pupil during cataract surgery. This situation can be addressed if the surgeon knows about the Flomax use beforehand. Stopping the Flomax prior to the surgery makes little difference if it has been used for a while. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Will i need to stop taking my prostate medication before surgery for my cataracts? I'll need cataract surgery in the coming year. I take flomax for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment?
Same surgery: There are always risks of complications with any surgery; this should be fully discussed and understood prior to proceding, especially non-urgent or elective cases. Although there may be some reasons to consider removing a lens not causing visual symptoms (clear lens extraction), i would be very wary of doing so at such a young age, as you will lose the ability to accomodate. Lasik/prk, glasses. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Healing after CS: Healing after cataract surgery is usually very quick: depending on pre-operative risk factors (diabetes, h/o trauma, flomax use, general health), intra-operative issues (any vitreous loss), and post-operative issues: any wound leaking, infection, etc. Complications are rare: vision improves usually ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
73 yr old male with vision in one eye.. Have cataract that is impacting life style. Is it worth the risk for surgery and is laser surgery preferred?
Cataract Surgery Ris: Depending on other risk factors (length of eye: if very short; history of other eye, h/o trauma, diabetes, on aspirin, flomax, general health, etc) cataract surgery is generally very safe and recommended in monocular (have vision in 1 eye only) pts. LENSX/Laser intralase surgery is generally the best option as it decreases many post operative issue/risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally not: Most cataract surgery is done without stitches in a manner that increased internal pressure in the eye, such as that caused by coughing and vomiting, will only tighten the closure. If you have consistent vomiting, that should be checked out by your family doctor but check with the cataract surgeon first to rule out an eye cause for the vomiting such as bleeding or high pressure within the eye. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I take flomax for frequent night urination. However, why did the condition improve only after i stopped the flomax. It was d/c by my eye surgeon.
Flomax: Nocturia is but one symptom of bph. I would be concerned that you are not emptying your bladder completely now that you have stopped the flomax. There also long-term consequences on bladder thickening and irritability as a result of stopping the flomax. See a urologist for further testing to determine how much you need the medication. Your ophthalmologist likely only needed you to stop the medication to facilitate cataract surgery. ...Read more
Young cataract: Cataract can occur at any age, including congenital cataract. My youngest cataract patient was 1 week at the time of surgery. My oldest was 99 years old. Most patients are around 70, but it can definitely occur in the 50s and 60s especially for those on chronic steroids for autoimmune conditions and diabetics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which should normally be clear. Cataracts are usually painless and develop slowly, causing a gradual worsening of vision. Cataracts will affect the vision of most individuals by the time they are at the age of 75, but risk factors speeding up their development include diabetes, too much exposure to UV light (sunlight), ...Read more
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