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My dad had a stroke in 2004 and I want to take him in for cataract surgery. He is in a wheelchair. Can they perform a procedure on him with him having had a stroke and being in a wheelchair? Is there any additional risk?

Yes, your father most likely can have a cataract surgery despite his history of stroke (cerebral vascular accident CVA). The cataract surgery is performed with a patient lying on his/her back. This would require your father having the ability to exit the wheelchair and get on to a stretcher and back into the wheelchair at the end of the procedure, or to have a facility where he can be assisted in that maneuver. The only additional risk would be related to whether or not he takes any blood thinners like Coumadin, Plavix, or aspirin. This added risk is so small that many of us do not stop or reduce blood thinners for cataract surgery. I urge you to discuss these matters with your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) for more specific advice on your father's situation.

Answered by: Wayne Bizer, DODr. Wayne Bizer

Categories: Cataracts, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Apr 13, 2013