Cataract surgery is a common and safe procedure that can dramatically improve your quality of life. During cataract surgery, the natural, clouded lens is removed and replaced by an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). Although the vast majority of patients experience a problem-free surgery, cataract removal, like any surgery, has some risks and complications associated with it.
Treatment for complications varies, depending on the issue and severity.
Posterior capsule opacity can be treated safely and effectively with laser technology. In a straight-forward procedure known as a YAG laser capsulotomy, a laser removes the cloudy, opaque area and restores normal vision.
The risk of a dislocated IOL is very low; but should it occur, it should be addressed promptly with a second procedure to adjust the position of the IOL.
Retinal inflammation can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, such as corticosteroids that can be administered as eye drops. Corneal swelling usually clears on its own. Occasionally, saline drops may be used to draw out the excess fluid. In extremely rare cases where the swelling has progressed to the point of severely impairing vision, surgical intervention may be needed.
Post-surgical ptosis is often temporary and will resolve on its own. However, if the condition persists and interferes with vision, eyelid surgery may be required.
If you have had cataract surgery and are experiencing complications, it is important to have your eye examined as soon as possible to avoid further problems. At Beach Eye Medical Group, our qualified team is available to evaluate and treat complications related to cataract surgery. Not only do we treat the most difficult cataracts with state-of-the-art technology, but we are also often looked upon as expert consultants to manage conditions and complications other eye doctors cannot. Contact our Huntington Beach office today to schedule an appointment.
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2 Intraocular Lens Dislocation. Available: https://www.asrs.org/patients/retinal-diseases/27/intraocular-lens-dislocation
3 At a glance: Corneal Conditions. Available: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/corneal-conditions
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