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Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
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Experience:  Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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Is it safe to have Cataract removal while on Blood thinners?

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Is it safe to have Cataract removal while on Blood thinners? I have heard your eye can bleed and cause blindness. Is this true?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.
Hi. I'm Dr. Rick and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
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Yes. I have done not only cataract surgery but retina surgery on patient who are on blood thinners and their INR levels are therapeutic -- meaning that their blood is "good 'n thin" ;)
In my opinion, there is no need to stop your blood thinners, especially in today's environment of "no stitch, no patch, no shot" micro-incision cataract surgery.
Of course, your cataract surgeon is the person to ask if she wants you to stop your blood thinners before surgery....but I just can't imagine you needing to do that.
So. What is the take home message?
Cataract surgery is safe to have when you are on blood thinners.
Does this make sense to you?
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Dr. Rick MD FACS