Nobody deserves to suffer from blindness. What is ironic is that while people around the world are losing their sense of sight to cataract, cataract is acknowledged to be one of the simplest disease that can considered as out-patient surgery. However, one must also be wary of cataract surgery complications that can cause blindness because these are actually avoidable.
These are the some of the cataract surgery complications that may possibly arise:
*The rupture of the posterior capsule of the natural lens is a complication that is called posterior capsular tear that occurs in about 5%. This complication is best handled by another surgical procedure.
*Retinal detachment is a rare cataract surgery complication that can set in anytime after the surgery like after some weeks, months, or even years.
*A few days or weeks after a cataract surgical procedure, there is always a possibility of macular edema occurring which indicates the swelling of the central part of the retina. This case needs minimal treatment.
*PVD or posterior vitreous detachment does not really cause blindness butt is afflicts the younger population. It is usually associated with increasing floaters.
*Posterior capsular opacification (or after-cataract) happens as cells undergo hyperplasia and cellular migration, thus manifesting itself as a thickening and of course the clouding of vision. This thickening can be rectified by using laser very safely and painlessly.
*Endophthalmitis happens after an intraocular surgery when the intraocular tissues suffer from serious infection or penetrating trauma.
*Glaucoma is associated with inflammation that requires early intervention, especially in diabetic patients. The building up of intraocular pressure may lead to blindness.
In view of the foregoing, one realizes that the relative safety of the cataract surgical procedure though high still give room to some remote chance of failure. The fact is, there is always that nil possibility of having cataract surgery complications and so must be on guard. After surgery, it is important to see again the ophthalmologist so that potential complications are arrested. The hardest part may be over but one must see the process through the end –really see it through.