Cataract Surgery Risks To Remember | Cataract Shelton

Cataract Surgery Risks To Remember

Older Couple Walking OutsideCataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the U.S. Because of this, it can boast an incredibly impressive 98% success rate, which also makes it one of the safest surgeries. However, it is still a major surgery and risks of complication involved. If you are nervous about getting cataract surgery with the Pinke Eye Center, keep reading to learn more about risks that you should remember. These risks are uncommon, but it never hurts to be well educated!

Eye Infection

After cataract surgery, your eye will be more susceptible to infection while recovering. It is important that you avoid touching your eyes, even after you’ve washed your hands, to avoid the possibility of infection. You should also be more cautious when showering after cataract surgery since water can carry bacteria that could infect your eyes. If you suspect that your eye has gotten infected after cataract surgery, tell your eye doctor immediately.


Experiencing red, itchy eyes after cataract surgery is a common side effect, and usually goes away a few days later.  The number one rule to remember is: never rub your eyes. Rubbing your eyes while they are still healing could cause them to get infected or inflamed. This could set back your recovery and hurt your eyesight. If your eyes are bothering you, make sure you’re using eye drops that were prescribed to you before the surgery. They’ll help your eyes recover and prevent infection! Eye drops may seem annoying but they are truly a crucial part of the recovery process.

Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is one of the most uncommon risks of cataract surgery, but it’s worth knowing about. This serious condition means that your retina begins to fall out of your eye. Retinal detachment is considered an urgent medical emergency, as it can very quickly lead to permanent vision loss. You will not feel it happening, but if you notice a sudden and sharp influx of “floaters” (the little squiggles in your vision that seem to jump away when you try to look at them), go to an emergency room. Retinal detachment can be fixed, but if treatment is delayed, lost vision cannot be recovered.

Worsening Of Other Eye Conditions

If you have other eye diseases or disorders, you may have to wait in order to receive cataract surgery. Glaucoma, macular edema, and diabetic retinopathy are a few conditions that can be exacerbated by cataract surgery. If your eye conditions are not under control before you undergo cataract surgery, your eyes may suffer the consequences.

Secondary Cataracts

Although cataracts cannot “regrow”, it is possible for a secondary cataract to form around your IOL. If this occurs, your cataract surgeon at the Pinke Eye Center will be able to easily remove the secondary cataract. Your clear vision will be restored during a simple outpatient visit.

If you are worried about any of these potential risks of cataract surgery, contact us at the Pinke Eye Center in Shelton, CT to discuss them. Schedule your appointment today!

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