Cataract surgery and blood thinners

Posted on Mar 19 2010 by unknown

A cataract is a natural aging process of the eye when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy.  Most people experience this as they age, but there is nothing that needs to be done until the cataract gets to the point that it affects quality of life or daily activity.  When a cataract advances to the point that a patient wants it fixed, the board certified cataract doctors and cataract surgeons at North Shore eye care in smithtown new york in long island are ready to help.  Our board certified eye doctors do the very best techniques when it comes to cataract surgery including performing cataract surgery without stitches, eye patches or even a needle injection around the eye.  We use simple numbing eye drops and IV sedation and usually complete the cataract surgery in about 10 minutes.  Our patients stay in their own clothes and return home the very same day.  This wonderful cataract surgery procedure has taken years to perfect and our eye doctors continue to study and learn even after many years of experience.  Dr. Jeffrey  Martin and Dr. Larry Zweibel have both been voted Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area by Castle Connolly and North Shore Eye Care has been deemed a Crystalens Cataract Surgery Center of Excellence by Bausch and Lomb.  Dr. John Mauro, our newest associate is an expert at cataract surgery and laser vision correction.

Some of our patients take blood thinners for their systemic health.  In our way of performing cataract surgery, it is not necessary to stop the blood thinners making the procedure safer for you.  With some of the older techniques, especially those requiring needle injections, it was prudent to stop blood thinners, but today, we routinely keep our patients fully anti-coagulated for cataract surgery and encounter no problems.  Our patient's primary care doctors are pleased that they do not have to risk stopping coumadin, plavix or aspirin so there is less of a risk of stroke or heart problems while the medication is stopped.  It is important that you tell your eye surgeon that you take blood thinners.

In long island new york in suffolk and nassau counties of long island, we see patients from smithtown, nesconset, saint james, kings park, islip, islandia, hauppauge, lake grove, bohemia, ronkonkoma, holtsville, holbrook, sayville, bay shore, babylon, commack, northport, stony brook, setauket, port jefferson, nissequogue, head of the harbor, poquott, old field, belle terre, and many other towns.

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