Complications

These complications include:

 

  • Infection

  • Inflammation – swelling and irritation of the eye immediately after the operation.

  • Haemorrhage in the eye.

  • Change in the pupil shape or size.

  • Droopiness of the upper eyelid.

  • Macular edema (swelling of the retina, responsible for clear central vision) which may occur weeks, months or even years after an otherwise uncomplicated surgical procedure.

  • Retinal tears and retinal detachments.

  • Previous asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic dry eye syndrome may develop after any eye surgery.

If you are concerned or want more information about the possible complications, please ask your eye doctor.

Whilst high expectations from surgery are normally fulfilled, visual results may be limited by co-existing disease of the retina at the back of the eye, such as age-related macular degeneration (aging damage of the retina affecting your central vision), diabetes, glaucoma or other diseases. Your eye doctor will endeavour you to inform you of any associated disease at the back of your eye, which may limit the visual improvement of otherwise successful surgical removal of the cataract.

After surgery, you may still need to wear glasses for distance and/or reading for extra clarity.