Flomax and cataracts

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For men that have cataracts and are on or are put on Flomax do not stop taking Flomax or refuse to go on it. Most men on Flomax do not have floppy iris syndrome. As long as the surgeon know ahead of time the man is on Flomax special techniques can be used to deal with FIS.
I am 73 years old and have had Cataracts for over a year. I have been taking Flomax once every 4 or 5 days for 3 years. I currently see an Optometrist through a Meidcare Contracted HMO who can refer me an Ophthalmologist for the cataract surgery. I am worried about complications that may arise during the cataract surgery due to Floppy Iris Syndrome. Should I have the surgery or wait for a few years or should I stop taking Flomax for a few months and go ahead with the surgery.
Is there any new research and tactics for treating cataracts for men who have been taking Flomax for a decade. And where can I investigate "centers of excellence" for handling cataract surgery for me who have been taking Flomas for such a long period?
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I'm 68 years old and have had Cataracts for over 2 years. I've been taking Avodart for over a year. Should I stop taking Avodart and wait awhile before cataract surgery or will the informed Dr be able to work with my eyes? I've never taken Flomax and have heard the warnings from the commercial and read about Flomax. I'm concerned about any complications. I'm also pretty active. Can I still swim after surgery and what are the chances of the lens shifting or coming loose?
This time about a woman on Topamax for 7 days who seemed to have lost almost all her vision 12 hours after increasing her dose per her doctor's instructions. Some quick thinking sparked me to ask if she could see up close and lo and behold while she was blind as a bat in the distance, she could see the tiniest print about 6 inches in front of her nose. She had developed an acute myopic shift from a choroidal effusion which pushed the lens/iris diaphram forward.
Dad was told taking Flomax can interfere with success of removing cataracts so he is going off Flomax1 year so he can have his cataracts removed. Are the red dots related in some way to dad's glaucoma and/or cataracts? Is there something he can do or take or wear ( specific prescription) to improve his situation? Thank you in advance for your attention to my questions.
Welbutrin for depression and both Flomax and Hytrin for BPH. For several months, bright point light sources at night have starburst and haze effects. The shape and type are dependent on source: car headlights look like a star while linear-bulb streetlights have a rectangular haze like field surrounding the light. Effect is sort of like a halo in that the light bulb is sharply defined but several degrees out from the light source is the haze or starry streaks.
I had my cataracts removed by an ophthalmologist who did not know that the drug Flomax created problems with the dilating of the pupil. The result was that he experienced difficulties. It is now 30 months later and he says I need to have YAG surgery done as my eyes have developed secondary cataracts. I can hardly see out of the one eye. I want to have it done but because of the previous procedure and his not being aware of the effect of Flomax I have lost confidence in the Dr.
I had cataracts before all this in both eyes and I knew I would likely need cataract surgery within a year. The cataracts progressed faster than I guessed. I had the cataract removed in the left eye on 5/22/2012 (6 days ago). Before cataract surgery, I had 0 floaters due to the vitrectomy, now I have what looks like very small black spots (with clear centers). One larger one has a transparent center.  They move, but not like my previous floaters.
I stopped taking any aspirin or related drugs at least a month before cataract surgery. Also stopped FLOMAX as well. Also, my BP is great and general health is great. I don't take any other drugs that would affect eye surgery in any way. In Jan 2012, I experienced PVD in both eyes. The floaters were so bad I was essentially blind. In Feb I had 2 vitrectomies, 2 weeks apart. The results were miraculous to say the least.
These were perscribed in place of Flomax and Celebrex in the hopes of reducing the inflammation and opening the neck of the bladder to release the urine now being held in my bladder. Should I take these meds even though the Flomax (tamsulosin) is not approved for women? Also considering my past medical history Im scared to take either meds, should I?
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