Patients using or have used Flomax (Tamsulosin Hydrochloride), Cardura (Doxazosin Mesylate), Hytrin (Terazosin Hydrochloride), Uroxatral (Alfuzosin Hydrochloride), or Saw Palmetto may be at additional risk for a complication of cataract surgery known as Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome or IFIS.
IFIS results from weakening of the smooth muscle fibers in the iris associated with the use of certain medicines. This may reduce the ability of the iris to dilate during cataract surgery, cause the iris to move excessively within the eye during surgery, or may cause the iris to constrict (get smaller) during surgery, thereby limiting the surgeonís view and making the procedure more difficult to perform.
If you have used these medications, we will use certain drops before surgery as well as certain techniques during the operation to minimize the risks. Our surgery scheduling staff will review the pre-operative drop schedule with you prior to surgery.