Reducing Cataract Surgery Risks and Complications

 Doctor with surgical eye wearYou can minimize the risk of cataract surgery complications by receiving treatment from the highly experienced doctors at Broberg Eye Care. Cataract surgery risks are typically quite rare, especially at our Austin, TX practice. Dr. Peter Broberg, Dr. Halsey Settle, and Dr. William McGlathery, Dr. Ximena de Semana perform this procedure to remove clouded proteins in the lens so that you can see clearly again. Our accomplished doctors typically perform this procedure in less than 15 minutes, and patients usually recover completely in about one month. To learn more about cataract surgery risks, contact our office today.

Cataract Care

At Broberg Eye Care, we pride ourselves on being a one-stop shop for patients suffering from cataracts. Our doctors help patients identify the symptoms of this condition, perform sophisticated laser surgery, and assist with recovery. By offering holistic cataract repair from start to finish, we help patients avoid costly or uncomfortable risks and complications. Of course, our doctors are also available to help patients in the rare instance that they suffer from post-operative problems.

The Surgical Process

The first step of the surgical process is creating a detailed, precise surgical map using optical coherence tomography. We use this map to guide the laser in performing a capsulotomy, incising the capsule surrounding your lens to access the cataract. Then, a tiny probe is used to fragment the cataract with ultrasonic waves so that these particles can be removed with suction.

Utilizing a laser for incisions can reduce the amount of ultrasonic fragmentation required, often resulting in less tissue damage and a lowered risk of complications. Once we aspirate the injured portion of your lens, we will replace it with an intraocular lens, or “IOL.” We offer three types: monofocal IOLs correct your near vision, multifocal IOLs allow you to see clearly at all distances, and toric IOLs treat astigmatism. All of these IOLs are safe and associated with a low risk of complications.

Potential Risks and Complications

Most cataract surgery patients never experience any complications, recovering fully and enjoying their improved vision within approximately a month. However, all surgical procedures have risks. For cataract surgery, these include:

  • Secondary Cataracts. Technically called “posterior capsule opacity,” this complication occurs when the tissue behind the IOL grows back improperly, creating a membrane that can blur your vision similarly to a cataract (although it is not actually a cataract). We can use a laser to correct this condition.

  • Infection. About 0.1 percent of cataract surgery patients suffer from endophthalmitis, in which bacteria attack the eye, interfering with vision and causing swelling, redness, discharge, and discomfort. If you believe you have an infection after cataract surgery, contact our office immediately, as this condition may permanently affect your eye.

  • Retinal Damage. The retina is the tissue at the back of the eye that sends nerve impulses to the brain so you can see. In rare cases, the trauma of cataract surgery can cause the retina to tear or even become detached from the ocular wall. This condition should be treated immediately because damage to your retina could result in vision loss.

While all of the above complications are extremely rare, working with a respected, experienced surgeon can further reduce your risks.

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