Men need to be aware of the following (Posted late on 07/09 from 07/08)

David F. Chang, MD, ASCRS Cataract Clinical Committee Chairman, wants to offer the following tip to men and all AllAboutVision.com readers:

  • If you are already taking Flomax or similar medications, tell your cataract surgeon in advance of your surgery. That way, your surgeon can take extra precautions.
  • If you have cataracts and know that you eventually will need surgery, first consult with your eye surgeon before taking alpha-blockers. Your surgeon can advise you about timing of the procedure and possible alternative medications.
  • Remember that alpha-blockers used for medical problems such as blood pressure control, kidney stones and urinary symptoms in women also can cause IFIS.
  • Besides Flomax, other prostate drugs that can cause IFIS include Uroxatral, Hytrin and Cardura.
  • “If you are already taking these drugs, you do not need to stop them. Alpha-blockers otherwise do not harm your eyes. But you must inform your ophthalmologist that you are taking them — or have taken them in the past — prior to having any eye surgery.”

By paying attention to your clients’ eye doctor, you can help them to realize what to do, not to do; what to realize and safety precautions. By helping your male clients realize everything that they need to know before cataract surgery, you are showing them With Age Comes Respect.

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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