Cataract Removal
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Cataract Removal?

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The lens of the eye is responsible for focusing images onto the back of the eye. It is normally transparent. With cataracts, the lens begins to cloud over time. This will gradually cause a loss in vision.

Cataract removal is done when the cataract is causing problems with vision. The surgery improves vision.

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Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have cataract surgery, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Damage to the eye
  • Decreased vision
  • Increased eye pressure
  • Droopy eyelid
  • Need for more surgery

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Poor overall health
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Infection
  • History of trauma to the eye

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Change in vision
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, bleeding,...
 
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