Complications during or after a Cataract Eye Surgery are rare. However, no surgery is 100% risk free and complications can and do occur. Although low, there is an unavoidable risk of infection which occurs in 1 in 5000 patients. The use of full sterile theatre conditions minimises this risk as much as possible. You will also be checked for infection at every aftercare consultation. Please read the Aftercare Advice Leaflet for important information and refer to the Agreement and Consent Form, both provided on treatment day, for a full list of possible complications.
The most common complaint which can occur in up to half of all patients within five years of surgery, is called Posterior Capsular Opacification. It is also referred to as secondary cataract as it represents a clouding of the artificial lens. This condition is treated with a very quick and simple procedure using a YAG laser.