With every medical procedure, no matter how common or practiced the procedure may be, there comes a chance of complications or risks. While the many technological advances in cataract surgery have made risks and complications very rare, there is still a chance that they may occur, even among surgeons who may have performed the surgery many times.
To help keep our patients as educated and informed as possible, it is important to look into the possibility of risks when it comes to cataract surgery.
Cataract Surgery Safety
Before we get into the possibility of cataract surgery risks or complications of cataracts surgery, we first want to reinforce that this procedure is one of the most common operations performed in the United States and nearly 98% of cataract surgeries are completed each year without serious side effect. However, as with any type of surgery, you should first discuss your medical history with your doctor to determine whether or not this procedure will work will for you.
Cataract Surgery Risks and Complications
As with any other medical procedure, cataract surgery poses a number of different risks. Some possible complications of cataract surgery include:
- Bleeding: The risk of bleeding with cataract surgery is very small. With the technique used by Dr. Silverman, patients are surprised that they may continue to use blood thinners such as Plavix, Coumadin, and aspirin without risk.
- Infection: In the days that follow your cataract surgery, it is very important to keep your eyes clean and to wash your hands before they come in contact with your eyes. It is also important to take the prescribed medications that your doctor gives you. Following each of these steps will help to minimize your risk of infection following surgery.
- Retinal detachment: Having cataract surgery slightly increases a person’s risk of retinal detachment―a disorder of the eye in which the retina peels away from its underlying layer of support tissue. Being nearsighted can also increase your risk of retinal detachment following cataract surgery, however the occurrence of this is very rare.
If you experience any of these complications of cataract surgery, it is important to contact your eye care professional right away. The quicker that you get treatment for each of these side effects, the more likely you will have strong, clear vision in the future.
To learn more about cataract surgery and whether or not this is a vision procedure that is right for you, be sure to contact EyeCare 20/20 today. Our experienced team of cataract surgeons can walk you through this procedure step-by-step and even give you a free consultation to help you determine if cataract surgery will work for you.