The Importance of Full Disclosure of All Medications, Substances Before Eye Surgery

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With the growing number of states that are legalizing marijuana recreationally, it is gaining public support. However, there remains an area in which people tend to be uncomfortable disclosing their marijuana use, even in those states in which it is legal. Marijuana users are hesitant to disclose to their physicians for several reasons, mostly to avoid the social stigma of marijuana use. With the recent changes legalizing the use of medical marijuana in Utah, there is expected to be a growing number of people wanting LASIK Surgery in Provo who use medical marijuana.

Why it is important to disclose all substances to your doctor

Even though you might have heard that there is little to no chance of complications when using medical marijuana and having surgery, that is not necessarily the case. Dry eyes, one of the side effects of marijuana use, can directly affect your eyes’ ability to heal from LASIK. It is important to understand that your surgeon is not going to judge you, rather they need to be able to help you plan for the most successful outcome possible.

Does CBD oil have the same side effects?

There is not enough research to definitively determine whether CDB oil or other cannabinoids have an increased risk for complications during LASIK or other surgical procedures. As such, it is better to err on the side of caution and disclose to your doctor its use, dose, and how often.

Will my doctor refuse to do surgery or turn me in if I disclose drug use?

This question is at the core of the fear and shame that prevent people from disclosing their marijuana or other drug use (including opioids) to their doctors. Physicians are merely trying to treat their patients and improve their health. For voluntary or elective surgery, many patients find that staying silent or lying is what makes them more comfortable, or even skipping the procedure itself.

Before you decide for or against your Provo LASIK surgery, please visit with us so we can help you learn about your options.

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