About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us

Ophthalmic Organizations Issue Advisory on Alpha-blockers Prior To Cataract Surgery

by Tanya Thomas on September 26, 2009 at 9:00 AM
 Ophthalmic Organizations Issue Advisory on Alpha-blockers Prior To Cataract Surgery

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and the AAQ have jointly issued a patient advisory on alpha-blockers, especially on tamsulosin (Flomax; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ridgefield, CT).

The advisory states that the alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker (tamsulosin), commonly used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is responsible for certain surgical complications. These arise due to intraoperative floppy iris syndrome (IFIS). Patients taking tamsulosin are additionally at a 2.3 time higher risk of severe postoperative complications, like retinal detachment and lost lens fragments.


Patients who have been prescribed, or have any history of alpha-blocker use, must report the same to their ophthalmologists, advise the two leading ophthalmic organizations, as the drug may increase chances of complications following eye surgery. However, the advisory also reassures patients that despite such drug history, the success rate of cataract surgery hasn't diminished. Patients need not delay recommended eye surgery, fearing complications.

Source: Medindia
Font : A-A+



Recommended Readings

Latest Drug News

Projected Growth: Psychedelic Drug Market Anticipated to Hit $7.2 Billion by 2029
The psychedelic market set for remarkable growth, projected to hit $7.2B by 2029 with a strong 55% CAGR.
Promising ALS Drug Candidate Extends Lifespan
The study explores whether CDNF could influence the progression of ALS in rodent models and to elucidate the mechanism through which it operates.
Amoxicillin-Calvulanate Vs Amoxicillin Preference in Child Sinusitis Treatment
Amoxicillin-clavulanate use in acute sinusitis patients is associated with a higher incidence of adverse events.
ADHD Medication Errors Surge by Nearly 300%
Professionals advocate for enhanced education of patients and caregivers, and creation of more effective child-resistant systems for monitoring ADHD medication.
Unknown Medication Side Effects Reported by 52% of Indian Families
In June, WHO raised concerns about 7 Indian cough syrups after complaints from several countries about contamination and health issues.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
Greetings! How can I assist you?MediBot

Ophthalmic Organizations Issue Advisory on Alpha-blockers Prior To Cataract Surgery Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests