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Fixing Cataract Surgery Complications

There is no surgery that does not involve risk.  This is also true of eye surgery.  Even though cataract surgery techniques now include lasers and high-tech computer mapping, certain complications can still arise during and after surgery. Most minor problems improve on their own but some complications may require additional surgery. Highly experienced surgeons, such as Beverly Hills Vision Institute’s Dr. Khodabakahsh, are often sought out for their skill with revision cataract surgery. Dr. Khodabakahsh is expertise is used to treat most lens related eye complications.

Cataract Surgery Basics

A cataract is formed when the natural lens of the eye opacifies to the point of not allowing light to pass through freely to the retina. Similar to a smudge on glasses lenses, cataracts make what you are viewing fuzzy, hazy or cloudy. Cataract surgery aims to remove the protein-riddled lens and replace it with a clear implant, known as an intraocular lens or IOL. The incision in the eye is so small it doesn’t require stitches. After cataract surgery, vision should clear and, depending on the type of IOL chosen, should be better than it was before surgery.

Surgery Statistics

According to the National Eye Institute, cataract surgery is one of the most common, safest and effective surgeries performed in the United States. New technologies in cataract removal and IOL replacement have in some cases eliminated the need for prescription lenses after the procedure. In fact, over 90 percent of patients report better vision post-surgery.

Cataract Surgery Complications

The rare complications that can occur during or immediately after cataract surgery include infection and retinal detachment, which is a medical emergency. Though rare, nearsightedness increases the chance that the retina can detach as a result of cataract surgery. If you experience floaters or black spots in your vision after cataract surgery, see an ophthalmologist immediately.

A less serious side effect of cataract surgery is called Posterior Capsule Opacity, or PCO. During this surgery the lens capsule, or membrane over the lens, is typically left intact. The capsule may start to cloud over after surgery, and the patient can experience cataract-like effects. If PCO occurs, a laser revision surgery can help clear vision painlessly and with very little recovery time