Should I Stop Taking Vitamins or Supplements Before Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most common and safest surgical procedures in the United States, with more than three million surgeries performed each year. Before undergoing this procedure, it is essential to cease taking certain vitamins, herbs, and supplements that may increase the risk of bleeding or other complications. Vitamin E supplements should be stopped 10 days before surgery, as they can cause bruising and bleeding to become more severe. Additionally, garlic, ginseng, and ginkgo supplements should be discontinued at least 7 days prior to the operation.

Other supplements that should be avoided include echinacea, ephedra, kava, and valerian root.It is important to note that vitamin D should not be stopped before surgery. Studies have revealed that patients with vitamin D deficiency have higher mortality rates after admission to the ICU. In addition, those who underwent non-cardiac surgery and had high levels of vitamin D were found to have significantly lower mortality rates. Cataract surgery involves removing the natural lens where the cataract is present and replacing it with an artificial lens. This procedure is usually an outpatient one, meaning that you don't need to stay in the hospital after surgery.

While your vision will improve a lot (especially from a clarity perspective), most people will still need glasses after cataract surgery at least some of the time. If you are considering cataract surgery as a treatment option for your vision loss due to cataracts, contact Heart of Texas Eye Care for a free consultation. It is important to remember to stop taking certain vitamins, herbs, and supplements several days before the procedure in order to reduce the risk of complications.

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