What Are The Risks of Cataract Surgery?

If your cataracts are preventing you from doing the things you want to do, surgery can be a safe and effective way to restore your vision. However, there are always risks involved with any kind of surgery, so it is important to discuss the possible complications with your doctor before deciding to have cataract surgery in London.

Complications After Cataract Surgery

The most common problem after cataract surgery in London is cloudy vision caused by posterior capsule opacification (PCO), but it still only affects about one in ten people. This condition causes similar problems to the cataract you have had removed, but it happens in a different part of your eye. The capsule that surrounded your lens can become thicker as it grows back over the replacement lens following surgery. Laser eye surgery can usually solve the problem.

Other complications are much less common, but they can be more serious. The surgery can sometimes cause damage to other parts of your eye or problems such as infection, swelling or inflammation. In rare cases, it could even trigger a retinal detachment. These complications can usually be managed with medication, but it can sometimes take another operation to solve the problem.

Should You Have Cataract Surgery?

Your doctor will discuss these risks with you when you are deciding whether to have the procedure. The risks are usually relatively low compared to the benefits of restoring your vision, so if your eyesight has deteriorated a lot it is often a good idea to consider surgery. The risk of experiencing complications after cataract surgery in London will be slightly higher if you have another eye condition, you are very short sighted, or if you have another health problem that could make the surgery more difficult. However, you may still want to have the surgery if your doctor thinks that it is a good idea. Many of the complications that can be caused by cataract surgery are treatable, so there often won’t be any long term damage to your eyesight.

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