Cataract surgery and vitamins

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Arthur Buslik, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. I had a vitrectomy with epiretinal membrane peeling in January. The
    operation caused cataract growth in the operated eye (right eye). I
    now am having a cataract operation. The pre-operation instructions
    were to discontinue taking supplements of vitamins A, D, E, and K two
    weeks before the operation. I believe this is for all cataract
    surgery patients. (I am having the operation done at the Wilmer Eye
    Institute of Johns Hopkins.) In an email, I asked the surgeon why,
    and he replied that these vitamins can cause bleeding. He is talking
    about high dose supplements, for example 400 I.U. of vitamin E. I can
    understand how high doses of vitamin E might cause a decreased ability
    to clot, but I cannot understand the proscription against taking the
    other vitamins. In fact, my understanding is that even the stopping
    of taking warfarin before cataract surgery is somewhat controversial.

    Can anyone help me on why a patient should stop taking vitamins A, D,
    and K before cataract surgery?

    Arthur Buslik, Oct 27, 2003
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  2. Arthur Buslik

    Mary Guest

    I am having cataract surgery in a couple of weeks but no info about
    discontinuing any vitamins.

    Mary, Nov 16, 2003
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  3. Arthur Buslik

    The Real Bev Guest

    Some/many/most doctors are frequently totally ignorant about vitamins
    and any possible side effects (or GOOD effects, for that matter),
    especially older ones who may not even know that the AMA now regards
    Vitamin E as a REAL vitamin. Happy hunting.

    "If anyone disagrees with anything I say, I am quite prepared
    not only to retract it, but also to deny under oath that I
    ever said it." -- T. Lehrer
    The Real Bev, Nov 17, 2003
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