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.