Are There Complications Associated with Cataract Surgery?

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VEC_SocialCataract surgery is a life-changing procedure that can dramatically improve the clarity of a person’s eyesight. When left untreated, a cataract obstructing one’s vision can cause blurriness, cloudiness, halos of light, double vision, and potentially even blindness (in severe cases). When performed by a skilled and experienced eye surgeon, cataract surgery is an effective way of restoring normal vision, and with today’s advanced technology, complications are very rare.

Despite the extremely high success rate of cataract surgery, a surgery of any kind comes with some degree of risk. In a small number of cases, it is possible for patients to experience continued cloudy vision, glare, glaucoma, or retinal detachment. Immediately after surgery, temporary side effects such as swelling or bleeding can potentially occur, though this is highly uncommon.

During your consultation, your eye surgeon will explain the extraordinary benefits of cataract surgery, while carefully reviewing the potential risks. For the vast majority of patients, removing cataracts and inserting an intraocular lens implant (IOL) helps to improve both vision and quality of life without any significant and/or lasting complications.

If you would like to learn more about cataract surgery, or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced eye care specialists, please contact us today.

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