What is the most common complication of cataract surgery?
A long-term consequence of cataract surgery is posterior capsular opacification (PCO). PCO is the most common complication of cataract surgery. PCO can begin to form at any point following cataract surgery.
What percentage of cataract surgeries have complications?
At a conservative estimate, at least 25% (or 1.5 million) of the six million cataract operations performed annually in developing countries will have poor outcomes. About one quarter of these poor outcomes are due to surgical complications.
Can anything go wrong with cataract surgery?
The complications of cataract operations are rare but can be very serious, with potential life changing effects, so we are obliged to discuss these with you. Most complications of surgery can be managed successfully. All of these complications can lead to a delay in recovery of your eye.
How many cataract operations go wrong?
The risk of serious complications developing as a result of cataract surgery is estimated at around 1 in 50 cases.
How many days rest is needed after cataract surgery?
Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine in 1 to 3 days. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading. This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover.
How long does it take for cataract surgery to completely heal?
Often, complete healing occurs within eight weeks. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: Vision loss. Pain that persists despite the use of over-the-counter pain medications.
Does cataract surgery restore 20/20 Vision?
Vision Quality After Surgery
Most patients can achieve 20/20 vision as long as they have no other conditions. Conditions that can affect the quality of vision after cataract surgery include: Glaucoma. Corneal scarring.
What should I watch after cataract surgery?
Symptoms to watch for after cataract surgery
- Vision loss.
- Pain that persists despite the use of over-the-counter pain medications.
- Light flashes or multiple spots (floaters) in front of your eye.
- Nausea, vomiting or excessive coughing.
What is not normal after cataract surgery?
The most common difficulties arising after surgery are persistent inflammation, changes in eye pressure (glaucoma), infection, or swelling of the retina at the back of the eye (cystoid macular edema), and retinal detachment.
What are the long term side effects of cataract surgery?
When cataract surgery complications do occur, they can include:
- Posterior capsule opacification (PCO)
- Intraocular lens dislocation.
- Eye inflammation.
- Light sensitivity.
- Photopsia (perceived flashes of light)
- Macular edema (swelling of the central retina)
- Ptosis (droopy eyelid)
- Ocular hypertension (elevated eye pressure)