Cataract Surgery: Risks, Recovery, Costs

Risk of cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is a very delicate practice and can lead to some complications. Although such complications are uncommon whilst they are some after effect that may only last for a day or two. Some of which include:

  • Watery eye
  • Itching
  • Mild discomfort
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light

Some other major cataract surgery risks, that could make you consider other options include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Dislocation of artificial lens
  • Eyelid dropping
  • Glaucoma [3]
  • Retinal detachment
  • Secondary cataract
  • Complete loss of vision

These risks are greater if you have another eye disease asides from cataracts or a serious medical condition. One major issue behind cataract surgery not being effective is when there is underlying eye damage from other conditions, like glaucoma or macular degeneration [4]. In most cases, it is advisable and more beneficial to treat other underlying eye problems before making the decision to have cataract surgery. There are also some instructions to follow after the surgery that help the surgery be successful.