Although rare, there are several risks, which may be associated to cataract surgery.
- Infection. Fortunately, due to modern sterilization techniques and the use of powerful antibiotic eye drops before and after the procedure, the risk of infection from modern cataract surgery is extremely low.
- Bleeding. Dr. Switch uses an advanced technique, assisted by a femtosecond laser, to create an incision that is less than 3milimeters at the edge of the cornea where there are not blood vessels. This all but eliminates the risk of bleeding from cataract surgery.
- Swelling. Swelling (edema) of the clear corneal tissue is a common side effect of cataract surgery. This swelling is temporary and often develops within several hours of the surgery. It generally will improve on its own, but drops may be prescribed which speed the resolution of this mild swelling.
- Elevated Pressure. Rarely, the pressures inside the eye will be elevated after surgery. This is a form of post-operative glaucoma and patients complain of a headache around the eye. If this occurs, a pressure lowering eye drop may be temporarily prescribed until the pressure has returned to normal.
- Macular Edema. Very rarely, patients may develop swelling in the back of their eye, which can cause blurry vision. If this complication arises, Dr. Switch will have you continue taking anti-inflammation eye drops until the swelling has resolved.