Monday, January 16, 2012

Stroke after Cataract Surgery

Question: My father aged 75, just had cataract surgery on both eyes. His right eye was having issues, something pressure being high? A week later he is in the hospital with what they think is a stroke. Can eye surgery cause a stroke?

Answer: Eye surgery, including Cataract Surgery, can sometimes cause an elevated pressure inside the eye-intraocular pressure-which can cause a retinal vascular occlusion if the pressure is not controlled. However, high pressure in the eye or eye surgery itself would not likely cause a stroke. More likely, the underlying cause will be related to some other systemic health or vascular problem.

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