Although cataract surgery is very safe and effective, like any surgery there are some risks such as bleeding and infection. It is important to clearly address these risks and ask your doctor questions as needed. There are some individuals who may have other specific risks, and your doctor will explain these to you prior to surgery. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking some medications temporarily because of an increased risk of bleeding.
Cataract surgery slightly increases your risk of retinal detachment
It’s important to note that cataract surgery can slightly increase your risk of retinal detachment. There are also some specific disorders such as high myopia (nearsightedness) that can further increase the risk of retinal detachment. Symptoms of retinal detachment can include “floaters” or flashes. Floaters are small specks that appear to float around in your field of vision. Flashes of light is another symptom some experience.
A retinal detachment is a medical emergency
A retinal detachment is a medical emergency. The sooner that it is treated the more likely a patient will maintain good vision. Any person experiencing floaters or flashes after cataract surgery should go to an emergency room as soon as possible for treatment. There is often no pain associated with a retinal detachment. It is imperative that patients are aware of potential risks following a cataract surgery and to look out for these signs. In some cases, there may be vision loss even with prompt treatment. It is important to note that a retinal detachment is rare after cataract surgery.