Benefits and Risks of Cataract Surgery

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Improvements in Activities/Benefits

Everyday activities:

  • Driving
  • Reading
  • Working
  • Moving around
  • Social activities


  • Safety
  • Self-confidence
  • Independence

Possible Complications/Risks

  • High pressure in the eye
  • Blood collection inside the eye
  • Infection inside the eye
  • Artificial lens damage or dislocation
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Retinal detachment
  • Severe bleeding inside the eye
  • Swelling or clouding of the cornea
  • Blindness
  • Loss of the eye

Is Cataract Surgery Right for Me?
Most people who have a cataract recover from surgery with no problems and improved vision. In fact, serious complications are not common with modern cataract surgery. This type of surgery has a success rate of 95 percent in patients with otherwise healthy eyes. But no surgery is risk free. Although serious complications are not common, when they occur they could result in loss of vision.

If you have a cataract in both eyes, experts say it is best to wait until your first eye heals before having surgery on the second eye. If the eye that has a cataract is your only working eye, you and your doctor should weigh very carefully the benefits and risks of cataract surgery.

You will be able to make the right decision for yourself if you know the facts. Ask your doctor to explain anything you do not understand. There is no such thing as a “dumb” question when it comes to your health.

Here are some questions you might ask:

  • Do I need surgery right away?
  • If not, how long can I wait?
  • What are my personal risks?
  • What benefits can I expect?
  • If I choose surgery, which type is best for me?
  • Which lens replacement is best for me?
  • What are the chances of developing cloudiness in the lens capsule after cataract surgery?
  • What are the benefits and risks of YAG capsulotomy?

You may wish to write down other questions to ask your doctor to help you make an informed decision about treatment.

Tags: question, Ophthalmology, Cataract, Cataract surgery, eyelid
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