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Is there any risks after doing any type of cataract surgery in common?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Cataract surgery is a surgery and thus has risks associated with it, although they are generally small compared to the potential benefit.

In brief: Yes

Cataract surgery is a surgery and thus has risks associated with it, although they are generally small compared to the potential benefit.
Dr. Christopher Hood
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Dr. George Yang
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Everything in life carries a certain risk.
You take a risk when you drive your car. The benefit of getting from point a to b outweighs the understood risk of an accident. We, as md's, try to convey surgical risk to patients. With cataracts, as a general rule, if your vision is so poor that you have difficulties with your daily routines, the benefits of better vision outweighs the risks of surgery.

In brief: Yes

Everything in life carries a certain risk.
You take a risk when you drive your car. The benefit of getting from point a to b outweighs the understood risk of an accident. We, as md's, try to convey surgical risk to patients. With cataracts, as a general rule, if your vision is so poor that you have difficulties with your daily routines, the benefits of better vision outweighs the risks of surgery.
Dr. George Yang
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Risks generally rare

Post Cataract Surgery Issues/Complications: need for glasses still, need YAG laser: PCO, dry eye sx/worsening, eyelid droop, recurrent uveitis, eye bleeding, needing another surgery/laser (for multiple reasons: refractive surprise, swelling of macula CME, IOL dislocation, failing cornea), rare: infection,retinal hole, detachment, loss of vision, loss of eye, loss of life; eyedoc2020@blogspot.
com

In brief: Risks generally rare

Post Cataract Surgery Issues/Complications: need for glasses still, need YAG laser: PCO, dry eye sx/worsening, eyelid droop, recurrent uveitis, eye bleeding, needing another surgery/laser (for multiple reasons: refractive surprise, swelling of macula CME, IOL dislocation, failing cornea), rare: infection,retinal hole, detachment, loss of vision, loss of eye, loss of life; eyedoc2020@blogspot.
com
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is a very safe common surgery but every surgery does have some risk.
The risk of serious complication or decreased vision is incredibly rare.

In brief: Cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is a very safe common surgery but every surgery does have some risk.
The risk of serious complication or decreased vision is incredibly rare.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Few and far between

The most serious risk is infection, perhaps 1:1000 cases.
Cataract surgery is the most commonly and most successfully performed surgery in the US today.

In brief: Few and far between

The most serious risk is infection, perhaps 1:1000 cases.
Cataract surgery is the most commonly and most successfully performed surgery in the US today.
Dr. William Goldstein
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, Infection

Cataract surgery involves entering the eye and has a slight but measurable risk of infection inside the eye, or bleeding inside the eye.
The risk of infection is minimized by using antibiotic eye drops before surgery. This complication is very rare, but can be sight threatening.

In brief: Yes, Infection

Cataract surgery involves entering the eye and has a slight but measurable risk of infection inside the eye, or bleeding inside the eye.
The risk of infection is minimized by using antibiotic eye drops before surgery. This complication is very rare, but can be sight threatening.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Dr. Beth Friedland
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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, not common

Short term: bleeding, infection, bruised eye, incision leak, glaucoma, retinal detachment.
Long term: macular edema, dislocated implant lens, and secondary cataract.

In brief: Yes, not common

Short term: bleeding, infection, bruised eye, incision leak, glaucoma, retinal detachment.
Long term: macular edema, dislocated implant lens, and secondary cataract.
Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology

In brief: Yes

Very uncommon, you could have a complication with the surgery leading to the need for more surgery.
You can have bleeding, swelling, infection of the eye, potentially resulting in blindness. The aforementioned is very rare, but can happen.

In brief: Yes

Very uncommon, you could have a complication with the surgery leading to the need for more surgery.
You can have bleeding, swelling, infection of the eye, potentially resulting in blindness. The aforementioned is very rare, but can happen.
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham
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