- Cataract Surgery
- After Cataract Surgery
Potential Risks And Complications
According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), cataract surgery has an overall success rate of more than 98 percent, making it one of the most successful procedures performed today.
Cataract surgery complications are infrequent, and in most cases can be successfully managed medically.
A study of more than 200,000 Medicare beneficiaries who underwent cataract surgery found that 99.5 percent of patients had no severe postoperative complications and the risk of severe complications has decreased with advances in surgical tools and techniques.4
Dislocation of the IOL, inflammation, retinal detachment, swelling of the cornea or retina, increased pressure inside the eye, and a droopy eyelid are among the rare complications that might occur following cataract surgery.
A delayed complication that can occur weeks or months after cataract surgery is a condition called posterior capsule opacification (PCO). This is a clouding of the thin, clear membrane behind the IOL. PCO can safely be treated with a procedure called a YAG laser capsulotomy, which takes only a few minutes and is painless.