Complications from cataract surgery are few. Cataract surgery is among the most common and successful surgical procedure performed today. Millions of Americans undergo this surgery every year with an overall success rate of 98 percent or higher. If and when cataract surgery complications in Greenlawn arise, most are minor and we are typically able to treat them at Vision Center medically or with additional surgery.
A common cataract surgery complication in Greenlawn is posterior capsule opacity (PCO). Though it is sometimes referred to as a secondary cataract, it is not one. Once a cataract is removed, it doesn’t come back. During cataract surgery, the surgeon at the Vision Center removes the cloudy natural lens of your eye (cataract) and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL). Usually, the lens capsule, or the thin clear membrane that surrounds the natural lens is left intact during surgery. The IOL is then implanted within it. The surgeon makes every attempt to maintain the integrity of the lens capsule, and typically, your vision following cataract surgery should be exceedingly clear. However, about 20 percent of the time, the capsule becomes hazy during surgery recovery or even many months later, causing PCO. Fortunately, PCO can be easily and painlessly treated with a YAG laser, and can be performed right in our office.
Another cataract surgery complication in Greenlawn is dislocated or improperly positioned intraocular lenses. This may cause the edge of the lens implant to be visible to you, or you could even develop double vision. This can happen because though ophthalmologists make every attempt to maintain the integrity of the “capsular bag” that contains the cataract – the cloudy natural lens – of the eye. However, the capsular bag is very, very thin – about the thickness of a single red blood cell – and can rupture or break sometimes. Sometimes, the capsular bag itself may dislocate due to the weakness or breakage of the fibers that hold it in place. However, regardless of why the IOL becomes dislocated following cataract surgery, your cataract surgeon at Vision Center can most likely simply reposition it in a second procedure. As long as action is taken promptly, there should be no lasting complications.