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Risks of Cataract Surgery

Risks of Cataract Surgery

Los Angeles, California and Surrounding Communities

Even though every surgical procedure involves some degree of risk, cataract surgery is considered one of the most predictable, effective, and safest procedures in medicine today. Every year, over 3 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States alone, with a 98% success rate involving no complications.

Still, you should be informed of the potential complications that are possible. As an experienced Los Angeles cataract surgeon, Dr. Khanna goes to great lengths to avoid the risks listed below by practicing strict safety protocols at every step before, during, and after your procedure.


Potential Side Effects of Cataract Surgery

If any of the following complications occur either during or after your cataract surgery, you can rest assured Dr. Khanna will address them immediately.

  • Inflammation – If swelling occurs in your eye that is not related to infection, Dr. Khanna will treat it with anti-inflammatory eye drops.
  • Secondary cataracts – Cells may start to grow beneath the intraocular lens (IOL) in around 30% of all cataract surgeries, causing the posterior capsule that holds your new lens in place to become cloudy. If this occurs, Dr. Khanna will use a state-of-the-art laser to create a tiny hole in the membrane that allows light to pass through. This is a painless and quick procedure.
  • Posterior capsule tear – The posterior capsule that holds your lens is at risk of tearing when your natural lens is replaced with an IOL. If this happens, Dr. Khanna will seal off the tear.
  • Intraocular infection – You will be given antibiotic eye drops before, during, and after your procedure to minimize the odds of infection. Infection after cataract surgery is extremely rare. However, if you have diabetes or an otherwise compromised immune system, it is possible that you may be more vulnerable to infection.
  • Incision leak – In very rare situations, a small leak may occur in your corneal incision. Dr. Khanna may place a special type of contact lens or pressure bandage over your eye if this occurs to prevent infection.
  • Retinal detachment – If you have severe nearsightedness (myopia), your risk of retinal detachment increases during any kind of eye surgery. Retinal detachment symptoms include flashing lights, shading of vision, blurry central vision, and floaters. Dr. Khanna will discuss your risk level and the possibility of this problem with you in detail ahead of time.
  • Cystoid macular edema – Swelling may occur in your eye’s macular tissue up to three months after cataract surgery. If this occurs, Dr. Khanna will give you an anti-inflammatory medicine to treat it.

If you have further questions about cataract surgery, please contact The Khanna Institute today to schedule a free consultation. We serve patients throughout the Los Angeles area, with offices in Beverly Hills and Westlake Village, California.