What Are the Risks of Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is considered one of the safest, most predictable, and most effective procedures of its kind. With a 98% success rate, cataract surgery can provide you with restored vision that’s potentially even better than it was before your cataracts developed. However, like all surgeries, there is still a small degree of risk involved in cataract surgery.

Some of the potential side effects of cataract surgery include:
• Inflammation or infection – Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops will be provided to prevent/treat this problem.
• Secondary cataracts – In around 30% of cataract surgeries, cells may grow beneath your new intraocular lens (IOL), making the posterior capsule that holds the IOL cloudy. Dr. Khanna will use a laser to create a tiny hole in the membrane, allowing light to pass through. This is a quick and painless procedure.
• Incision leak – If a small leak occurs in your corneal incision, Dr. Khanna will place a pressure bandage or a special kind of contact lens over the leak to seal it off and prevent infection.
• Cystoid macular edema – Up to three months after cataract surgery, swelling can occur in the macular tissue of your eye. Dr. Khanna can provide you with an anti-inflammatory medicine to treat this if it becomes a problem.

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.

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.