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Cataract Surgery Deemed Safe

Monday, October 28, 2013 @ 07:10 AM
Author: Jason Lau

Approved by the FDA in 1981, cataract surgery is still the most commonly performed surgery and is reportedly safe with little risk for long-term side effects.

Cataracts surgery is used to fix the eye’s natural lens when it loses it’s transparency and impairs vision. The first sign of cataracts is having a hard time seeing lights at night and seeing a strong glare. The purpose of the surgery is to break up the cloudy lens with an ultrasound probe, remove the pieces, and replace it with a synthetic (introcular) lens. Advanced lenses are also available to improve vision problems or provide monovision.

The procedure requires hospitalization as an outpatient and a local anesthetic, but it deemed safe with minimal risks. One the original lens is removed, the new lens is implanted through a small incision. The entire process is completed in under 15 minutes.

Modern technology makes the surgery easier than ever and reduces the need for patients to wear glasses or contacts post-surgery. Though they are not common, there is a remote chance of experiencing the following side effects after having cataract surgery:

  • Glaucoma
  • Swelling
  • Cloudy vision
  • Retinal detachment
  • Posterior tear
  • Inflammation
  • Infection

According to WebMD, 98% of cataract surgeries are considered successful without any long-term side effects or complications. Mild discomfort can be expected immediately after the surgery, as well as increased light sensitivity. Dark glasses can help reduce the discomfort. Eye drops are also prescribed to prevent infections.

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