A cataract is a clouding of the naturally clear lens of your eye. Initially, cataracts may be asymptomatic, but as they progress, cataract symptoms can include a gradual fading colors, blurred vision, increased sensitivity to light, glares and halos. Left untreated, cataracts will eventually lead to a complete loss of vision in the affected eye.
The only way to treat cataracts is by surgical removal of the lens and replacement with a synthetic lens or intraocular lens (IOL)... Cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States, but knowing its risks is important to ensure you are making an informed decision about your visual health.
Potential Cataract Surgery Risks
Risks and complications following cataract surgery are rare and, when they do occur, can most often be treated quickly with little more than eye drops or medications. Risks of cataract surgery include:
Dr. Wilmarth takes every precaution to avoid these complications. You can help reduce your risks by closely following all of Dr. Wilmarth’s advice during your cataract surgery recovery.
The vast majority of cataract removals with implantation of intraocular lenses have no significant complications. Most of Dr. Wilmarth’s patients are back to normal activity in a day or two.
Your risks may be increased if you fail to take proper care of your eye following cataract surgery. They may also be increased if you have another eye disease or serious medical condition. Dr. Wilmarth will carefully evaluate the health of your eyes prior to your surgery. It is always best if you are completely honest about your medical history, including any medications you are currently or have recently taken. These things provide Dr. Wilmarth with the information he will need to make the best decision for your eyes.