Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States, and it has a very high safety record. However, it is not without risks.

    Some risks associated with cataract surgery are general surgical risks, such as infection or bleeding. These risks are very uncommon, but they can be vision-threatening. During your consultation we will talk about what we do to prevent them and how you can help reduce your risk.

    Other risks are specifically associated with cataract surgery. These specific risks include:

    • Secondary glaucoma
    • Retinal detachment
    • Visual distortion / poor results

    Secondary glaucoma can result in vision loss after cataract surgery, but we will test your intraocular pressure to detect glaucoma after cataract surgery so it can be treated before vision loss occurs.

    Retinal detachment risk increases after cataract surgery and needs to be treated immediately to prevent permanent vision loss. Let us know if you experience sudden vision loss in one eye or part of your visual field.

    Visual distortion can be caused by a poor surgical technique, although there is always a risk of this associated with cataract surgery. Choosing your cataract surgeon carefully can reduce your risk of this complication.

    To learn more about the risks and benefits of cataract surgery, please contact Silverstein Eye Centers in Kansas City.

    Posted October 22, 2012 by Silverstein Eye Centers
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