How Safe Is Cataract Surgery?
With a success rate of well over 98%, cataract surgery is one of the safest
of all surgeries, and difficulties are highly unlikely. Just keep in mind, that
with any surgery, occasionally there may be complications during or after the
procedure even with the most excellent care. However, the risk
of these complications is minimal. Dr. Seibel's skill and extensive
experience are the primary reason the complications associated with
cataract surgery are quite rare at Seibel
Cataract Surgery Benefits
The benefits of modern cataract surgery are many. It affords an almost miraculous restoration of clear vision. It is one of the few medical procedures that can literally turn back the hands of time, for many patients achieve vision comparable to the eyesight they enjoyed in their youth. Some of the benefits include the following:
Improved Color Vision
Once the cataract is removed, colors are no longer tinged by its effect. Colors will be much more vivid and vibrant after surgery.
Improved Clarity of Vision
Visual acuity is usually improved. Reading and watching television can be enjoyed thanks to sharper, clearer vision.
Following cataract surgery, many patients eyesight is improved to the point that they can regain their driver's license.
Improved Quality of Life
Improved vision leads to renewed interest and participation in the fun things in life. Hobbies, work, and enjoying the company of friends comes easier when vision is improved.
Reduced Dependence Upon Corrective Eyewear
The lens implant used during cataract surgery may be able to compensate for pre-existing focusing problems such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Glasses may be needed for some activities, such as reading or driving. When glasses are required all the time, the lenses are often able to be much thinner, making the spectacles lighter and more attractive.
Exceptions to optimal results
There are times when a cataract can be removed successfully but vision is not
improved because of preexisting conditions or diseases of the eye. One such
disease is macular degeneration wherein the central part of the retina
- the area that is critical for "fine" seeing - is damaged. Occasionally,
this condition cannot be diagnosed before the cataract operation because the
cataract itself may prevent Dr. Seibel from seeing the macula in sufficient
In addition, other preexisting conditions of the eye can limit vision after the
operation, such as diabetes and glaucoma. All such preexisting conditions limit
the eye's ability to regain normal vision, even if the cataract operation is
successful. It is important to remember that cataract removal has a high success
rate. It is most likely that your vision will be remarkably improved and that
you will be able to do things that you were not able to do before the operation.
Cataract Surgery Risks
Although it is not possible to list every potential risk or complication that may result from the procedure, many of them are described below.
Due to uncompromising attention to sterile techniques, our risk of infection is quite low. The use of antibiotic drops on a precautionary basis helps to keep the occurrence of infection very low.
Bleeding after surgery is very uncommon. This is especially true due to the placement of the surgical incision in the clear cornea region of the eye.
Swelling of the corneal tissues following surgery is not uncommon. It is a response to the insertion of the surgical instruments into the eye. Usually, it develops a few hours after the procedure. While the cornea is swollen, vision is mildly distorted. Corneal swelling usually improves on its own; however, drops may be prescribed to help it resolve sooner.
Occasionally, the pressure inside the eye will increase following cataract surgery. This is caused by some of the fluids used during surgery not passing through the eye's natural drainage system as expected. Often, this condition manifests itself as a headache or sharp pain in the region of the eye. Medications can be prescribed to lower the pressure during the post-op period.
Individuals with nearsightedness are at an increased risk of developing a retinal detachment.
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