Possible Complications of Cataract Surgery

Possible Complications of Cataract Surgery

By Rajesh Khanna MD

a member of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Cataract surgery is a type of operation that has been around for decades now. This is deemed as one of the safest surgeries there is. The success rate of cataract surgery is at 98% as per the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery . However, no matter how safe a procedure is, possible cases of complications of Cataract Surgery still arise. Though these complications may be of minor ones and can be easily corrected, knowing them would still be best so you may prepare in case they happen.

Possible Complications of Cataract Surgery

  • Infection and Bleeding – these two are common complications that can happen in surgeries and cataract surgery is no exception to this complication.
  • Posterior Capsule Opacity – this is one of the most common complications of cataract surgery. This side effect happens when the lens capsule protecting the eye lens grows cells from the outer layer of the cornea onto the capsule. This will then result into a hazy vision. Nevertheless, a laser treatment procedure can correct this. This complication may happen in 20% of cataract surgery patients.
  • Double Vision – Double vision happens when the implanted intraocular lens gets out of place or dislocated. This can be treated by your eye surgeon by re-positioning your dislocated lens. If the dislocation happens again, this can be corrected by sewing the lens in place.

Other Cataract Surgery Complications – other complications following a cataract surgery may include, but is not limited to the following:

    • Droopy eyelid or swelling: More common with prolonged surgeries using a speculum to pry the eye open.
    • Decreased vision or Cystoid macula edema. Found more often with Surgeons using a high level of illumination directly focussed on the eye
    • Retinal detachment : A curtain coming in front of eyes. Highly nearsighted people are more prone to this
    • Dislocated lens material: In cases of complicated surgery
    • Pain : from the increase in intraocular eye pressure
    • Redness : If conunctival tissue has been tampered with by the cataract surgeon
    • Light Sensitivity – multifactorial

Cataract surgery complications, like the ones mentioned above, should be reported immediately to your doctor as soon as you notice them. One reason for this is because in just a few weeks or months post-surgery, the implanted lens can grow in place. This will then become a lot harder for your surgeon to remove or reposition.

*written by Los Angeles Cataract expert

Written by Rajesh Khanna, MD

Los Angeles Lasik Surgeon Rajesh Khanna MD is a recognized pioneer in Presbyopic Implants for correction of aging eyes. He has popularized Cornea Cross Linking and Intacs forKeratoconus. He is an Expert Cataract, Pterygium Eye Surgeon, A Cornea Specialist he performs Laser Corneal Transplants, DMEK, DSEK and DALK. Rajesh Khanna MD is a well known medical writer. He has published the bestseller "The miracle of Pi in Eye".He is also a columnist for the newspaper Acorn. Dr.Khanna also hosts "Medical Magic". In his spare time he hikes with his family and German Shepard or does yoga. He also plays field hockey and loves swimming.