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«Oregon Eye Specialists, PC YOUR GUIDE TO CATARACT SURGERY Improving VISION. Improving LIFE. Dinelli M. Monson, M.D. Comprehensive Ophthalmology ...»

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There is no such thing as a risk-free surgery; although, in general, cataract surgery is considered very safe. When the potential benefits to surgery outweigh the potential risks, your surgeon can help you decide if the procedure is for you. In general, 95% of patients will notice an improvement in vision after cataract surgery. The risks of a serious complication after surgery are generally low: approximately 1-2%. The risks of a sightthreatening infection after surgery is approximately 1/3,000. The risks of blindness from surgery vary highly and can be between 1/1,000 and 1/1,000,000. There may be some conditions in your eye that could create greater risks, and your surgeon will discuss them as they pertain to you.

Some of the risks in the following list are very rare, but added for the purpose of inclusivity. If you want to know more information, please talk to Improving VISION. Improving LIFE.

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your surgeon. Risks from cataract surgery can include, but not limited to:

bleeding, infection, glaucoma, droopy eyelid, retinal detachment, corneal swelling, retina swelling, cosmetically unacceptable outcome, pain, adverse reaction to sedative or anesthetics, abnormal light reflections, light sensitivity, decreased vision, loss of vision, worsening of dry eye, need for contact lenses, double vision, worsening of floaters and need for more surgery.

ONCE REMOVED, CAN A CATARACT COME BACK?

No. Your cataract will never grow back. However, in many patients a film can grow behind the lens that can cloud the vision months or years after the surgery. A laser can be used to improve the vision in this situation. Ask your ophthalmologist about details.

WHAT IS THE LENS IMPLANT MADE OF?

Acrylic is the most common lens material, but sometimes silicone or other advanced lens materials. Each lens has specific indications and the doctor determines which lens is best suited for you based on a number of factors.

HOW LONG WILL THE LENS IMPLANT LAST?

The intraocular lens is placed permanently in your eye and will not wear out. Rarely, if the lens implant moves out of position or is the wrong power, it is removed or replaced.

CAN MY EYE REJECT THE LENS IMPLANT?

No. Since the IOL is not living tissue, the body cannot reject it.

WHO SHOULD I CALL IF I HAVE A PROBLEM AFTER SURGERY?

If you have pain, especially a dull ache, this is a worrisome sign. Please

call us right away. Other symptoms we would want to know about are:

decreasing vision, flashing lights or a shade in the vision. Even if it is after hours or during the weekend please call us at the designated number provided. It is always better to call us if you are worried. It is very important to all of us at Oregon Eye Specialists that you are well taken care of and safe.

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