Complications of Cataract Surgery

Although cataract surgery is considered one of the safest and most commonly performed procedures, there is a risk of complications for any type of surgery, even when performed by the most skilled and efficient doctors.

Complications of cataract surgery are considered rare, but may include retinal swelling (macular edema) or choroidal hemorrhage, which involve inflamed or leaking blood vessels in the retina after surgery that can affect vision. Retinal detachment is also possible after cataract surgery, and tends to occur more commonly in patients with severe myopia. This condition can develop at any time after surgery, including several years after cataracts were removed.

As with any type of condition, early detection and intervention are important in relieving side effects and reducing the risk of permanent damage. Your doctor will thoroughly evaluate any retinal abnormalities to determine the most appropriate form of treatment, which may involve emergency surgery, steroid injections or an eye-drop medical regimen.