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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of going blind when having an eye surgery like cataract?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Tiny: Cataract surgery is probably the most commonly performed major surgery in the usa. The techniques have been dramatically refined and the results are generally excellent. The chances of going blind are minimal and relate to co-existing disease in the eye and body, the advanced age of the cataract and rare complications.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Very rare: With cataract surgery, the chance of going blind is around one in 10, 000.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Do you risk going blind when you undergo an eye surgery?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Matthew Rauen
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Yes: Any medical or surgical intervention has risks. When considering eye surgery, your surgeon should be able to comfortably discuss risks and benefits of the procedure. Certain procedures have more risks. Blndness can occur although it is very rare with most eye surgeries.
Last updated Oct 5, 2018


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