RisksBy Mayo Clinic staff
Complications after cataract surgery are uncommon, and most can be treated successfully.
Cataract surgery risks include:
- Retinal detachment
- Secondary cataract
Your risk of complications is greater if you have another eye disease or a serious medical condition affecting any part of your body. Occasionally, cataract surgery fails to improve vision because of underlying eye damage from other conditions, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. If possible, it may be beneficial to evaluate and treat such eye problems before making the decision to have cataract surgery.
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