Cataract Surgery - Medical Negligence Solicitors Compensation Claims


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Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is an eye procedure that removes the lens of the eye because it is adversely affecting vision and, in most cases, replaces it with an artificial lens. It is primarily used to treat a cloudy lens with a clear one so a person can see well than before.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure performed by an ophthalmologist. It is a common and extremely safe procedure in good hands. Cataracts need to be treated because they cause blurry vision and can cause glare from lights at night. It is imperative to have cataracts treated in infancy to make sure the child doesn’t suffer from permanent blindness. If the cataracts are bilateral in adults, they can both be treated or just one can be treated. If you have a problem in the retina so that the doctor cannot see well to look at the retina, it is a good idea to have a cataract surgery.

There are several complications from cataract surgery but each is uncommon and easily treated. These complications include the following:

  • Infection of the eye
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Bleeding from surgery
  • Eye swelling
  • Retina detachment
  • Glaucoma
  • Another cataract
  • Loss of vision

The risk of getting a complication is bigger if you have another eye disease or another serious medical condition. If a deeper eye condition is present, you may not be able to see even if you have a cataract surgery. Your doctor should evaluate you for other medical and optical conditions before making the decision to go ahead with cataract surgery.

In preparing for cataract surgery, the following procedures may need to be done:

  • You may have to stop taking medications that act as anti-coagulants.
  • You may have to have an ultrasound to measure the size and shape of the eye.
  • You may need to be taking eye drops as prevention against infection.
  • You shouldn’t eat or drink anything for 12 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Prepare for going home by having something give you a ride after the surgery.

Cataract surgery is often an outpatient procedure that takes about 45 minutes to perform. The doctor uses strong eye drops to dilate the eye and you will have a local anaesthetic placed to numb the eye and surrounding area. You will receive IV sedation to keep you as calm as possible. You will be groggy during the surgery. The clouded lens will be removed and a clear, artificial lens will be implanted where the cloudy lens used to be.

There are several surgical methods used to remove the cataract:

    An ultrasound can be used to break up the clouded lens in a procedure called phacoemulsification. It inserts a probe to break up the lens and a suction to suck out the fragments of lens. The back of the lens, called the lens capsule is left behind so the artificial lens has a place to rest. Stitches may be used to close the cornea to finish off the procedure.

    A less common procedure is making an incision in the eye and removing the damaged lens. It takes a larger incision than a phacoemulsification procedure. The posterior capsule remains as in the prior surgery to support the new artificial lens. It is usually used if a person has certain eye complications.

The implant is referred to as an intraocular lens or IOL, made of silicone, acrylic or plastic. It becomes a permanent part of the eye over time. The IOL is rigid and requires stitches to close the incision. In some cases, the IOL is flexible so it needs a smaller incision, something that requires few or no stitches to hold in place. It is folded when implanted and then shaped into position, filling the space where the old lens was.

Medical Negligence Solicitors - Cataract Surgery

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here