Friday, January 17, 2014

Risk of Cataract Surgery after Retinal Detachment

Question: I have had 3 surgeries for retinal detachment with laser, vitrectomy and gas bubble, since have developed cataract. What are the risks to my retina with cataract surgery?

Answer: There is some increased risk of having cataract surgery if you have had prior retinal detachments ad surgery. However, IF the retina is well attached, stable and otherwise free of holes, tears, thinning and other degeneration AND your retina surgeon gives you clearance to have the cataract surgery then you can proceed with the expectation of only minimal increased risk of a recurring retinal detachment.

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