At North Shore Eye Care we always consider patient safety when performing cataract surgery . There are many medical considerations that need to be made when evaluating a patient for this procedure. IIiSmmvmvkkkI
Generalized good health is always a plus and for this reason medical evaluations by your primary care doctor are always recommended. Obvious things like good electrolyte balance and blood sugar control are important before undergoing any surgical procedure. The same holds true for blood pressure. Patients who are well controlled on their blood pressure medications should continue to take them even on the day of surgery.
Many primary care doctors feel that if a patient is on blood thinners such as coumadin they should curtail their use before undergoing a surgical procedure and for those ophthalmic surgeons who give injections to numb the eye and depending on how they make their incisions when performing cataract surgery this may be true. However we recommend staying on your blood thinners when having your surgery. For one thing you're on these medications for an important reason. Many patients on these medications have had cardiac stents, arrhythmias, or clogged arteries. Stopping or decreasing these medications could prove fatal. To increase the safety of the procedure the surgeons at North Shore Eye Care are able to avoid injections simply using topical anesthesia. To increase patient comfort and for your safety a board certified anesthesiologist is always present. Furthermore all incisions are made through clear cornea thus avoiding all blood vessesls.