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    Complications of Cataract Surgery

    A visually significant cataract develops when the natural lens becomes cloudy and prevents clear focusing of images within the otherwise health eye. When this level of vision dysfunction develops surgery is the only way to correct the problem.  As with any surgery there are risks with cataract surgery.

    Risks of Cataract Surgery

    All operations and carry risks and can result in suboptimal outcomes, complications, injury, or even death.  The major

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    Cataract Surgery

    risks of cataract surgery include, but are not limited to, bleeding, infection, inability to safely remove the entire cataract, scarring, postoperative eye pressure elevation, retinal detachment, swelling outside or inside the eye and a droopy eyelid. 

    Intraocular Lens Issues

    If an implant (IOL) is used increased night glare or halos, double vision, ghost images, impaired depth perception, blurry vision from surprise over or under corrections resulting in trouble driving or doing other visual tasks could develop.   If such optical issues occur the IOL may later need to be repositioned, replaced or removed.

    Anesthesia Complications

    If injection anesthesia is used needles can injure parts of the eye and nearby periocular structures, lids or soft tissues. If general anesthesia is indicated (patients with anxiety, spasticity, tremors or other conditions) there could be cardiac and respiratory problems, and, in rare cases, death.

    Unfortunately there cannot be a guarantee that cataract surgery will be successful every time. If surgical misadventures develop it is possible that vision could become worse.  In some cases, complications may occur weeks, months or even years later.  Careful consideration of the risks and benefits of cataract surgery is important before proceeding to cataract surgery.

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