Can anything go wrong during cataract surgery or afterwards?
Cataract surgery is very safe and one of the most common operations in America. But it is surgery and problems could occur. Very severe complications such as bleeding, infection or blindness are fortunately rare - on the order of one in 200,000.
A more common, but still rare, potential complication is for the thin membrane behind the lens to break or for the small muscles that hold the natural lens in place to weaken. This could result in part of the lens going into the back of the eye. This is a fixable problem that occurs less than 1% of the time. On occasion, it may require a second surgery.
The bottom line is that 95% of patients are thrilled with cataract surgery and their recovery.
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