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Understanding Surgical Risks

Cataract Surgery


All patients contemplating cataract surgery should discuss their individual situation as well as the risks and benefits of surgery directly with Dr. Safran and his staff. This website is not a substitute for proper informed consent.

In general, cataract surgery is quite safe and effective in 95% of patients. However, success is not 100% and, like in all surgical procedures, unexpected problems may occur. These can include difficulties involved with the removal of the cataract, placement of the implant as well as post-operative healing of the eye. Not all patients heal the same and some disorders -- including systemic diseases and local ocular ones -- can effect the outcome of surgery. Some of the more serious problems after surgery can include infection and retinal detachment.

Preexistent eye problems including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma can limit the effectiveness of cataract surgery.

While many complications can be treated by medications or additional surgery with favorable results, some do not respond and can lead to a decrease or severe loss of vision in the eye. This may be permanent.

Despite the fact that so many people are helped tremendously by cataract surgery, no individual can be guaranteed 20/20 vision after surgery. It is also important to understand that we do not promise that you will be "free of glasses" after surgery. Many patients do require glasses after surgery - either for reading or both distance and reading needs.