- About Cataract Surgery
- Posterior Capsule Opacification
- What to ask before cataract surgery
- Cataract symptoms
- Types of Cataract
- Cataract Development
- Cataract Diagnosis
- Cataract Removal
- Cataract Surgery Procedure
- Intraocular lenses (IOL)
- Monofocal Lens and Multifocal Lens
- Recovery After Cataract Surgery
- Cataract Surgery Results
- Cataract Surgery Risks and Complications
- Causes of Cataract
- Cost of Cataract Surgery
- Cataracts and Diabetes
- NHS or private cataract surgery?
- How to Protect Eyesight
- Replacement Lens Surgery - Sulcoflex
- Preparation for cataract surgery
- Cataract Surgery FAQ
- What happens after cataract eye surgery?
- Can problems develop after cataract surgery?
- How is a cataract diagnosed?
- What are the symptoms of a cataract?
- How much does cataract surgery cost?
- What are possible side effects of cataract surgery?
- What can I do to protect my vision?
- What exactly is a cataract?
- Are cataracts found only in older people?
- Is cataract surgery serious?
- When will I be able to resume normal activities?
- How often do I need to have my eyes checked after eye surgery?
- Will I need to have cataract surgery again?
- Am I at risk for developing cataracts?
- Is cataract surgery covered by insurance?
- What is a Multifocal IOL?
- What is a Monofocal IOL?
- What is an IOL?
- Monofocal vs. Multifocal
- What is a congenital cataract?
- Will cataracts make me blind?
- How quickly do cataracts develop?
- Does computer use cause cataracts?
- Can cataracts be removed with laser?
- Can a cataract return?
- Do I need glasses after cataract extraction?
- Do congenital cataracts in children need removing?
- What happens during cataract eye surgery?
- NHS or private cataract extraction?
- Will I develop a cataract if I have diabetes?
- How will diabetes affect my cataract extraction surgery?
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Cataract Surgery Risks and Complications
Risks and Side Effects After Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery enjoys a very low rate of post operative complications, but as with all surgery, there are some risks that patients need to be aware of and should discuss with the ophthalmologist.
The most common risk after cataract surgery is a condition called posterior capsule opacification or “after-cataract.” This is where part of the capsule that holds the lens in place becomes cloudy and thickens over time. Opacification can be successfully treated with corrective laser eye surgery.
Other risks include infection, bleeding and inflammation or tearing of the lens capsule. There is also a risk of damage to other parts of the eye, such as the cornea or retina.
Serious risk, such as damage to the retina, are very rare and need to be weighed against the fact that left untreated, a mature cataract will almost certainly lead to blindness.
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