Possible Side Effects
Advancements in ophthalmology have made cataract surgery an extremely, safe, effective procedure. However, like any major surgery, it is not devoid of risk.
Dr. Emilio Justo is a highly trained surgeon with years of experience performing cataract surgery. During a personal consultation, you can learn more about cataract surgery risks and side effects. Our Phoenix-area practice features three convenient locations to serve our patients in Sun City, Sun City West, Wickenburg, and surrounding communities. Contact Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center to schedule a consultation today.
Common Side Effects
The presentation of side effects resulting from cataract surgery varies greatly from patient to patient. During a pre-operative consultation, Dr. Justo will screen for factors that will be used to customize your treatment, including pre-existing medical conditions like dry eye. This information will also be used to determine if you are at increased risk of developing side effects after your procedure.
Common side effects of cataract surgery include:
- Irritation: The eye may feel irritated, or you may experience foreign body sensation. The condition may persist from 24 hours to a few days.
- Red eye: Rarely, patients experience redness of the eye. which should resolve within a week.
- Swelling: Post-operative swelling is rare and usually improves quickly.
- Blurriness: Some patients may observe significant vision improvement the next day; others will experience blurring for a few days after surgery.
Factors like the density of the cataract can also affect the risk of complications.
Cataract Surgery Risks
The most serious risk associated with cataract surgery is infection. Serious, sight-threatening infection is extremely rare, and occurs once every several thousand surgeries. Left untreated, this type of infection can result in permanent vision loss and increases the risk of retinal tears and detachments.
After surgery, Dr. Justo performs periodic check-ups to confirm our patients' recovery is progressing smoothly and on-schedule. Although rare, if infection does occur, we handle treatment in the most efficient, time-sensitive manner. We also inform patients on aftercare tips, and measures they can take to enhance their healing. Prescription eye drops, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, are prescribed to minimize the risk of infection.
Weighing Risks versus Benefits
Cataract surgery has an excellent rate of success. Choosing to undergo surgery is not only an investment in improved vision, but also in restoring your ability to live independently.
One of the simplest steps you can take to minimize the risks associated with cataract surgery is to choose a trusted, reputable surgeon. Dr. Justo is a highly trained specialist with more than two decades of experience in improving patients' vision. Our practice is committed to the highest standards in safety and patient comfort. Implementing advanced technologies, like the ORA® system, further complement our quality of care.
Learn More in a Consultation
The decision to undergo cataract surgery is a highly personal choice. Our focus on patient education strives to present patients with all the facts they need to weigh the benefits of cataract surgery against the risks, and we are happy to answer any questions you have during a consultation. Reach out to our practice today to learn more.