How Safe Is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery can greatly improve your quality of life, and it is a simple and safe procedure.

There can be complications involved in any surgical procedure, but here at Optegra, we want to ensure that you are provided with all the information you need, so you can be fully confident and reassured before going ahead with surgery.

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What You Need To Know About Cataract Surgery: How Safe Is It?

Cataract surgery has many benefits and is a routine procedure. Complications are extremely rare (99% of our patients reported zero complications in 2021-22), and any side effects can be treated and corrected with further surgery or medication. These include blurred vision, bleeding, loss of vision and a detached retina. The most serious issue that can occur is permanent vision loss, however, this will only arise in around one in 1,000 cases.

The Risk Of Infection After Cataract Surgery

If the proper steps are taken during cataract surgery aftercare, then the risk of infection is significantly low. Symptoms of infection can include red eyes, blurred vision, light sensitivity and eye pain. Bacterial eye infections can be treated with antibiotic medicine. At Optegra we will monitor you closely, you will be provided with emergency contact details, and our dedicated team will be on call should you start to show of symptoms infection.

How Long Am I At Risk Of Infection After Cataract Surgery?

You should always maintain consistently good hygiene to prevent any infection. Generally, the risk of infection subsides significantly after one to two weeks.

Whilst there are risks to cataract surgery, they are very low. If you are thinking of getting this surgery, then book your free consultation or request a call back today!

By Author: Amir Hamid

Mr. Amir Hamid is our Medical Director for Vision Correction and an expert refractive surgeon, based in London.