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What effect does flomax (tamsulosin) have on cataracts?

What effect does flomax (tamsulosin) have on cataracts?

None: Flomax (tamsulosin) 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 (tamsulosin) should not stop the medicine for cataract surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Tamsulosin (Definition)

Tamsulosin is the generic name for a very commonly used drug flomax (tamsulosin). 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


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What effect does flomax (tamsulosin) have on an operation for cataracts?

What effect does flomax (tamsulosin) have on an operation for cataracts?

Floppy iris syndrome: Extended use of Flomax (tamsulosin) 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 (tamsulosin) use beforehand. Stopping the Flomax (tamsulosin) prior to the surgery makes little difference if it has been used for a while. ...Read more

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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 (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? .

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 (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? 

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I : I agree---going off the medicine does not good. Just let your doctor know that you are on it and he can take the necessary operative precaustions during the surgery. Don't let this stop you from having the surgery that will improve your vision. ...Read more

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What was cataract treatment like in the 1900's? How has it improved since then?

What was cataract treatment like in the 1900's? How has it improved since then?

Risky: Starting just prior to 1900, topical anesthesia was available so cataract surgery could be performed painlessly. The procedure at the time involved opening the eye and bluntly removing the entire lens and hoping that would be all that would exit the eye. A strong eyeglass was required afterwards. Now with ultrasound and microscopes, etc. cataract removal can be done safely and predictably. ...Read more

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A female late50's was told she's in early stages of low cataract today..what does this mean and can it be reversed? Natural and medical/surgical

Early : Or incipient cataracts are common in that age group. They require no treatment unless vision is affected or cataracts mature. The treatment will in that case be Cataract extraction with intra ocular lense implant ...Read more

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Can you tell me about undergoing cataract surgery in mid 40's?

Can you tell me about undergoing cataract surgery in mid 40's?

Good prognosis: Depending on preoperative risk factors, younger patients who have cataract surgery before cataract is mature/white, have a faster recovery usually and better outcome. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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What is a cataract?

Damaged lens: When the natural lens of your eye opacify through time and aging and damage from uv, we then call it a cataract. ...Read more

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How to cure cataracts?

How to cure cataracts?

Surgery : Cataracts are the number one cause of treatable/curable worldwide blindness. Cataract surgery, when indicated, is the treatment of choice to improve vision loss associated with the formation of a visually symptomatic cataract. ...Read more

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Why did i get cataracts?

Why did i get cataracts?

Causes of Cataracts: Cataracts are most often due to or made worse by (most common first): aging, genetics predisposition, excessive sun exposure, smoking, diabetes, steroid medication, previous trauma, inflammation, infection in the eye causing inflammation; previous intraocular eye surgery; other genetic conditions; can be congenital as well. You may have some of these risk factors. Your eyemd should be able to help. ...Read more

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Cataract can be monolateral?

Cataracts will…: develop and everyone because this is part of the natural aging process. However there are some people whose cataracts develop earlier than others and this can be asymmetric, meaning one is much much worse than the other. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


Flomax (Definition)

Tamsulosin is an anti-BPH agent which is a ...Read more