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I smoked marijuana last week and now I will have to get glaucoma

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I smoked marijuana last week and now I will have to get glaucoma surgery in two weeks. What concerns should I have for any interaction, impacts might this have on the surgery, anesthesia, etc.?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.

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Dr. Rick :

That should have no effect what so ever on your glaucoma surgery, healing or final eye pressure.

Dr. Rick :

Smoking marijuana three weeks prior to surgery should also not have any different effects on your anesthesia then smoking a tobacco cigarette would.

Dr. Rick :

Also, in the majority of cases trabeculectomy surgery for glaucoma is done under local anesthesia with a anesthesiologist or CRNA standing by to make sure you are comfortable. This is called MAC. During this surgery you are awake and breathing on your own.

Dr. Rick :

Also, just as an aside marijuana, contrary to popular belief, does not do much to lower the eye pressure in people who suffer from glaucoma.

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Thanks for your feed-back. I am pleased with your prompt reply.

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