CATARACTS RISKS AND LIMITATIONS
Risks and Limitations
Infection, serious injury, or even death, from known and
unforeseen causes. Neither your surgeon nor the surgeon's staff can
promise or guarantee that the procedure will be effective or make your
vision better than it was before the procedure.
It is possible that the procedure or a complication arising from the
procedure could make your vision worse or could injure your cornea or
your retina, which could result in partial or total blindness, or could
require a cornea transplant.
Certain inflammatory conditions can cause severe post-operative complications
such as cornea or flap inflammation, or thinning of the corneal flap,
which could result in permanent loss of vision.
In addition, because the procedure is fairly new, very little is known
about the long-term effects of the procedure. During your preoperative
examination, the likely outcomes (e.g. uncorrected vision) will be conveyed
to you based on the level of your particular refractive error.
Although it is not possible to list every potential risk or complication
that may result from the procedure, many of them are listed below.
- Under-correction or Over-correction
- Halos / Starbursts
- Equipment Malfunction
- Increased Light Sensitivity of the Eye / Fluctuating Vision
- Optical Imbalance
- Increased Pressure in the Eye
- Fragility on Impact
- Eyelid Droop
- Corneal Ectasia
- Faulty or Improperly Created Flap
- Debris under the Flap or Infection under the Flap
- Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis or "Sands of the Sahara"
- Epithelial Erosion
- Epithelial Ingrowth
- Dry Eyes
- Vascular Occlusion
- Microscopic Corneal Surface Irregularities
- Excessive Corneal Haze
- Elevated IOP (Intraocular Pressure)
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Commonly Asked Questions:
How soon after surgery will I see well?
If you have an intraocular lens (IOL) implanted during surgery, normal
vision should be restored within a few weeks.
Will cataract surgery hurt?
Sometimes general anesthesia is recommended: if you are especially frightened
and don't wish to stay awake during the procedure; if there is a chance
you might not be able to hold still; or if you have severe claustrophobia
and cannot tolerate having your face covered during surgery. Children
always need to have general anesthesia.
Will I still need my glasses or contacts?
Many people need a change in their eyeglass prescription following cataract
surgery. Some will only need glasses for reading, and some may find
they need glasses only rarely or not at all (especially with multifocal
or accommodating lenses).
Will my insurance cover cataract surgery?
Most health care coverage plans do cover cataract surgery. Find out
if your coverage plan requires a referral or prior authorization.
out more about it here.