Is it OK to take Viagra after cataract surgery?

Although it’s difficult to find any empirical (quantitative or qualitative) evidence of the use of Viagra adversely effecting people after cataract surgery, it’s probably best to leave use of Viagra or any other erectile disfunction medications for around 4-6 weeks after your cataract surgery, so that your eye is fully healed.

Viagra was originally discovered by pharmaceuticals giant, Pfizer, who were trying to develop a drug to combat high blood pressure(1).

Viagra makes the walls of your blood vessels relax, enabling the blood to flow more easily through them, it has also been found to cause significant dilation of the retinal veins and arteries, which could increase pressure in the eye and cause the IOL that’s been inserted to shift from its proper position.

Although this may not happen, and it may be entirely safe for the use of Viagra after cataract surgery, it’s always best to consult your surgeon or optician. They will be able to give you advice that is tailored to you (and takes into account any other health issues you may have – some of which might mean that Viagra use isn’t advised anyway) and enables you to ensure that the healing process from your cataract surgery isn’t inhibited in any way at all.

 

References

  1. Wikipedia: Sildenafil

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