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What effect does flomax (tamsulosin) have on cataracts?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Goldstein
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Floppy iris
Flomax, (tamsulosin) a medication for an enlarged prostate, can cause the colored part the eye (iris) to become floppy during cataract surgery.
This can typically be dealt with, but does increase the risk of complications.

In brief: Floppy iris
Flomax, (tamsulosin) a medication for an enlarged prostate, can cause the colored part the eye (iris) to become floppy during cataract surgery.
This can typically be dealt with, but does increase the risk of complications.
Dr. Christopher Hood
Dr. Christopher Hood
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Dr. Tal Raviv
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Affects the surgery
Flomax (tamsulosin) and other Alpha 1 blocker are used to treat prostatic enlargement.
The medicine also reacts with the iris (colored part of eye) dilator muscles and during cataract surgery can cause the iris to act abnormally in a floppy manner. This has been termed intra-operative floppy iris syndrome and can increase surgical complications if not accounted for.

In brief: Affects the surgery
Flomax (tamsulosin) and other Alpha 1 blocker are used to treat prostatic enlargement.
The medicine also reacts with the iris (colored part of eye) dilator muscles and during cataract surgery can cause the iris to act abnormally in a floppy manner. This has been termed intra-operative floppy iris syndrome and can increase surgical complications if not accounted for.
Dr. Tal Raviv
Dr. Tal Raviv
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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology
In brief: It makes surgery
Surgery much more difficult.
The iris becomes floppy and the pupil dilates poorly. An experienced surgeon should be able to compensate using special measures.

In brief: It makes surgery
Surgery much more difficult.
The iris becomes floppy and the pupil dilates poorly. An experienced surgeon should be able to compensate using special measures.
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
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