Are there Any Risks or Complications with Cataract Eye Surgery?
Cataract Surgery is a highly successful procedure all over the world. More than 99% of cataract surgeries improve vision, but a small number of patients may experience some problems, some severe enough to limit vision.
As with any surgery, results can never be guaranteed. There is always a possibility of complications due to drug reactions, or other factors that may involve other parts of your body. But serious complications are extremely rare, and occur in less than half of one percent (0.5%) of cases.
The most serious complications are:
- Infection: One in 1,000 to 2,000 cases. (may require further surgery)
- Loss of the cataract into the back of the eye: One in 1,000 cases. (May require further surgery)
- Serious inflammation inside the eye: One in 200 to 300 cases.
- Retinal detachment: One in 200 to 400 cases (may require further surgery).
- Retinal or persistent corneal swelling: One in 200 cases.
- Blindness (very very very rare).
- Loss of the eye (extremely rare).
Another consideration is that nobody can predict exactly how the new lens will perform once it is in place (especially if you had previous eye surgery or Laser Eye Surgery). On rare occasions, the lens may even need to be replaced in a second procedure, because it does not match your eye.
In cases where implant lens exchange is medically necessary, there will be no out of pocket payment for surgical or anaesthetic fees, but the Day Theatre fees still apply. Very rarely a lens needs to be taken out.
Less serious complications may occur in up to 4% of cases. In general, they do not have serious effects on the vision, or they are transient. If the eye is healthy, the chances are excellent that you will have good vision, following removal of your cataracts.
To discuss how we can improve your Vision with Cataract Operation, call us FREE on 1800 DR EYES (1800 37 3937) to talk to one of our Patient Care Team now or Contact us Online for your free cataract eye assessment today.
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