Nowadays, the removal of cataracts is usually done with the help of a laser and there may be little to no bleeding with a faster heal time. And while the removal of cataracts is becoming a common practice there are risks involved, perhaps deadly, before the procedure is performed.
The eye doctor will probably have questions to ask about the health of his patient before even thinking about doing the procedure. But what if the patient assumes they are healthy enough and answers as truthfully as they can to the best of their assumption. A patient who assumes they are healthy but hasn’t been to a doctor in years may actually believe that they are as “healthy as the next guy.” They may have health problems as serious as heart disease and not know it. In assuming good health, the patient is putting their self at risk.
The eye doctor is going to want to make sure the patient is in good health before the procedure so they’ll probably want the patient to go to the doctor for an examination or routine checkup. The eye doctor their self will probably do a blood pressure check, listen to the heart beat, basic stuff like that before the patient even makes an appointment to the doctor.
The eye doctor will usually give a list to the patient for them to follow consisting of do’s and don’ts beforehand. It’s similar in what a patient having a surgery done at the hospital or as an outpatient will get. Typically cataract removal is performed as an outpatient.
The list usually wants the patient to stop taking aspirin, vitamins, herbals and things of this nature that might interfere with anesthetics or cause bleeding in which the blood cannot clot. The patient may have to stop taking things like this a few days to a week or two beforehand.
The problem can occur if the patient stops taking everything at once before they have a chance to go to the doctor. Suppose the patient takes aspirin daily for pain and then suddenly stops. If the patient has heart disease and doesn’t know it and the daily dosage of aspirin was all that was keeping blood thin enough to go through veins and arteries this could cause potentially deadly problems. The blood could become thick enough that it causes blockage, clots or perhaps respiratory failure and even sudden death.
Its important to see a doctor before deciding to stop taking aspirin, vitamins, herbals or anything that has been bringing relief for daily pain. Since the pain felt on a daily basis could be a symptom of something quite serious.