Do you need to stop blood thinners before cataract surgery?
“About 40 percent of our patients receive a nerve block anesthetic during their eye surgery, with over 50 percent taking some sort of blood thinner. Based on the findings from our study, we don’t want patients to have to stop taking these important medications simply because they are receiving a block.
What medications should be stopped before cataract surgery?
Do not take aspirin or non-steroidal “aspirin-like” products for ten days prior to surgery. Aspirin or non-steroidal “aspirin-like” products prevent blood from clotting properly. Taking these medications can cause excessive bruising and swelling.
How long do you stop clopidogrel before surgery?
While current guidelines recommend cessation of clopidogrel 5 to 7 days before an operative procedure, our data demonstrate that timing of clopidogrel cessation within 7 days of an operative procedure does not affect the prevalence of postoperative bleeding requiring transfusion or mortality.
What is routinely prescribed medication before cataract surgery?
Moxifloxacin 0.5% ophthalmic solution (Vigamox, Alcon) is being used by some surgeons because it is a convenient, off-the-shelf, preservative-free formulation, and it appears to have good safety in terms of risks of toxic anterior shock syndrome (TASS) and CME according to several published reports, Dr. Packer added.
Should aspirin be stopped before cataract surgery?
To reduce the risk of intraoperative and postoperative hemorrhagic complications, the ophthalmologists preferred to ceasing aspirin 3 to 7 days prior to cataract surgery and interrupt use 1 to 2 days postoperatively, despite the potential risk of thromboembolic events [13–15].
Is it OK to take aspirin after cataract surgery?
5) If you experience eye pain or discomfort, aspirin is to be avoided for the first 24 hours after surgery. Take Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, or Motrin instead, as you prefer.
Do and don’ts before cataract surgery?
Don’t: Wear Makeup
Makeup, lotions, and perfumes should be washed off the day before cataract surgery. Do not reapply any makeup until your eye doctor clears it. Particles from your makeup can get into your eyes, no matter how careful you are.
Why can’t you drink water before cataract surgery?
Before any surgery, you should try to increase your water intake. The human body is made up of up to 60% water! Though you are not put to sleep during cataract surgery, it can still be quite taxing on your body. Water is one of the best things you can put into your body, especially while it’s healing.
How long should I stay on clopidogrel?
The new recommendation is that after 12 months if there is no evidence of major bleeding or other problems with clopidogrel + aspirin, it is suggested you continue that therapy for an additional 18 months.
When is the best time to take clopidogrel?
You can take clopidogrel at whatever time of day you find easiest to remember, but take your doses at the same time of day each day. Most people prefer to take it in the morning, as they find this helps them to remember to take it regularly. You can take the tablet either before or after a meal.