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A 34-year-old member asked:

is it true that cataract surgery complications will only happen 1 in 1000 times?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
It depends: Depending on the surgeon, type of cataract operation, and condition of the eye at the time of surgery, complications that can result in decreased vision typically occur in less than 1 in 1000 procedures. Although some non-vision threatening conditions may occur more commonly, they will not affect the results. Surgeon experience and technique is key, though.
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Yes: The odds of infection are about 1 in 1000. This statistic is based on large national studies with many surgeons at different centers.
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Complications: Risk of decreased vision as compared to before surgery is about 1 out of 10, 000. Risk of infection and retinal detachment is rare. Certain surgical complications are more common (1 out of 350), but are corrected at tine of issue and do not affect final vision.

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How long will numbness last after oral surgery?

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A few hours: If you are referring to the local anesthesia that was given then it should wear off in 2-3 hours. If you are referring to a parasthesia that may have been caused by an oral surgery procedure then that varies greatly and more information would be needed to offer an opinion.

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