What are the risks of Cataract Surgery?

Risks of Cataract Surgery

The EyeClinic offers advanced cataract surgery in Singapore to get rid of the blur and opacity that can hinder proper eyesight.

Modern cataract surgery in Singapore and almost everywhere else is generally safe. However, as with all other surgical procedures, there are potential complications. These complications are uncommon, but may limit the success of the surgery when they occur. Some of the possible complications include:

 

Infection/Persistent inflammation

The risk of infection after the cataract surgery in Singapore that we offer is rare and occurs in 1 in 3000 cases. In The EyeClinic, you will be required to start lid-care regimen, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops on the eye to be operated 3 days before the date of surgery. A new set of medicated eye drops will then be prescribed to patients for use for 4 to 6 weeks following surgery.

The symptoms of infections are pain, excessive redness, sensitivity to light and loss of vision that usually appear within the first few days of surgery and patients who experience this symptoms should contact their eye doctors immediately.

Retinal detachment
Retinal detachment following an uneventful cataract surgery is rare, occurring in about 0.5% patients.

It occurs when the retina, the light sensitive tissue lining the inside of the eye that is responsible for maintaining proper vision, is separated from the wall of the eye. Its symptoms include sudden appearance of floaters, flashes of light in the visual field and/or gradual shading of vision as if there is a curtain moving across your field of vision. Patients with these symptoms should contact their eye doctors immediately to prevent severe loss of vision.

Patients who are highly short-sighted are at higher risks of developing this condition. Therefore, a thorough retinal examination has to be performed by your eye doctor prior to the surgery.

Bleeding
Severe bleeding in or around the eye during cataract surgery is very rare, because the incision made during surgery is on the cornea, the clear transparent layer of the eye that does not contain any blood vessels. Should bleeding on the surface of the eye occurs, it can be treated immediately the surgeon.

On rare occasions, bleeding of a structure inside the eye called the choroid may occur (choroidal haemorrhage). Should this happen, the surgery usually has to be stopped and patients will be reviewed in the clinic until the blood is reabsorbed. Most patients recover without severe vision loss if the surgery is stopped early and the haemorrhage is confined to a small area of the choroid. The development of small incision technique in modern cataract surgery has reduced the severity of most haemorrhages.

Swelling of the retina at the back of the eye
In most cases, the inflammatory response inside the eye that is induced by cataract surgery resolves with the use of steroid and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory eye drops that are prescribed by your eye doctor after the surgery. However, in some cases, the swelling of the macula, which is the central part of the retina that is responsible for sharp central vision, may still occur despite the use of the eye drops. This condition is usually treated with additional eye drops being prescribed or sometimes injections into the eye or surgery may be necessary in severe cases. At The EyeClinic, a high definition scan of the macula is performed to exclude any macular condition before your cataract surgery and one week after surgery for early detection of macular edema.

Talk to our eye experts today and see how our cataract surgery in Singapore can restore your vision.

 

Last modified on Friday, 23 October 2015 14:07

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Our centre is also one of the healthcare institutions registered with the Ministry of Health. This means that your procedure may be claimable with your Medisave account. If you have any Insurance plans, your procedure may be claimable too. Do check with our staff for more information!

 

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