Risks of Cataract Surgery

According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, over three million Americans undergo cataract surgery every year. The success rate of these surgeries is 98 percent.

While risks and complications with cataract surgery are rare, they are not impossible. Believing all patients have a right to know the pros and cons of any vision correction surgery, the New York cataract surgeons at Kelly Laser Center offer the following overview of the rare but potential risks with this procedure.

Potential Cataract Surgery Complications

In a recent study of 200,000 cataract surgery patients it was found that 99.5 percent experienced no severe postoperative complications. However, complications with this surgery do exist and can include:

  • Secondary cataract
  • Detached retina
  • Dislocated intraocular lens
  • Eye inflammation
  • Infection
  • Swelling of the cornea or retina
  • Ocular hypertension
  • Droopy eyelid

Your risks for these complications are greatly reduced when you choose a cataract surgeon like Dr. Kelly with sufficient experience, and who uses advanced surgical techniques to help ensure your safety. In addition, carefully following all of Dr. Kelly’s postsurgical advice can help reduce your risk of complications such as infection and swelling.

By and large, cataract surgery is one of the safest procedures available. It is also the only way to treat cataracts and prevent future vision problems including blindness. During your initial consultation with Dr. Kelly, these risks will be discussed and any questions you may have can be answered. Dr. Kelly is dedicated to providing you with the safest procedure possible and will work with you after your procedure to help ensure success.

If you are suffering from cataracts in New York City, Long Island, or Manhattan, New York, please contact our New York Cataract Surgeon at Kelly Laser Center to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. James R. Kelly today.