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The Uncommon Side Effects of Cataract Surgery and How to Manage Them

Cataract surgery is one of the oldest, and most successful, surgical procedures available today. From the first cataract removal in 1747, this surgery has evolved greatly and now garners a 98% success rate among the 3 million Americans who undergo the procedure each year. 

Despite its enormous success in helping millions of people regain clear vision, complications can develop after cataract surgery among a small number of patients.

At Beraja Medical Institute, our team of board-certified ophthalmic surgeons has a great deal of experience performing cataract surgery. While we do everything in our power to ensure that everything goes smoothly, uncommon side effects can occur. Read on to learn how we manage and treat these side effects.

Clouding over again

The goal of cataract surgery is to clear your cloudy vision by removing your cataracts and replacing your lens with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant. To do this, we remove your natural lens while keeping your lens capsule intact. We then place an IOL within your existing capsule.

In some cases, epithelial cells grow on the capsule weeks, months, or even years after your surgery, which can cloud over your vision again. This condition is called posterior capsule opacification (PCO) and, fortunately, we can handle the problem quite easily and effectively.

To remedy your PCO, we turn to a quick-and-easy laser procedure to clear away the tissue that’s interfering with your eyesight. We perform this procedure on an outpatient basis, and there’s no need for anesthesia as the laser therapy is painless.

Retinal detachment

In even less common cases, retinal detachment can occur after cataract surgery — sometimes months or years after your surgery. The key to managing retinal detachment is to recognize the early signs and come see us right away. 

The most common signs of retinal detachment include:

Again, if you experience any of these symptoms, seek our help immediately so that we can intervene and help preserve your vision.

Sensitivity to sunlight

If you’re experiencing sensitivity to sunlight after your cataract surgery, this side effect is an easy one to manage. We recommend that you equip yourself with anti-glare lenses and sunglasses that offer good UV protection. This sensitivity is usually short-lived, but if you’re experiencing ongoing problems, please come in and see us.

The bottom line is that complications after cataract surgery aren’t all that common, but they can occur. The key to managing any side effects that crop up is to remain in contact with us so that we can oversee your recovery more closely and step in when needed.

If you have any questions about cataract surgery or the potential side effects, please contact our office in Coral Gables, Florida, today by calling or requesting an appointment online

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