The Advantages and Disadvantages of Cataract Surgery

The Pros and Cons of Cataract Surgery

If you suffer from cataracts, you should consider all factors before opting to go ahead with cataract surgery. Symptoms of cataracts can worsen with age and time, and at this point, surgery is often the only resolution to improve your eyesight. Cataract surgery is one of the oldest surgical procedures and with today’s technological advances, it’s one of the safest and most frequently used procedures worldwide. If you have been advised or are considering surgery to treat your cataracts, then it’s important to weigh out the pros and cons to understand what you may be faced with.

Symptoms and Causes

There are a few things that can cause someone to develop cataracts which include the following:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Age – the proteins will build up over time causing problems from roughly the age of 50 onwards.
  • Medical conditions – this applies to anyone who perhaps has diabetes or any other condition that could be harmful to the eyes.
  • Damage – an injury to the eye can result in the sudden development of cataracts.

Cataracts are most common in people over the age of 65 but can also be caused by injury, radiotherapy treatment. Smoking, diabetes, excessive ultraviolet and steroid drug use are also risk factors. As cataracts grow, they can cause more symptoms such as blurred vision, double vision, poor night vision and sensitivity to the sun. If left untreated, it could lead to blindness.

Benefits of Cataract Surgery

The benefits of cataract surgery typically outweighs any perceived negatives. Remember that the outcome will be life-changing to your eyesight and this procedure is very common. Advantages of this vision correction treatment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Cataract surgery is simple and painless
  • The procedure takes less than 10 minutes
  • It is performed with a 2.2mm incision, meaning it’s a fast recovery
  • Choice of visual outcome to suit your lifestyle
  • Premium lens options are available
  • The risks are very low, with less than a 1% of chance of complication
  • Improves quality of life as it decreased the cloudiness of the eye
  • Over 99% success rate of those who have had the surgery
  • Clearer eyesight
  • Can see things in more focus
  • Will be able to tell the difference between colours

The complications of cataract surgery are rare, but it’s important to know that there are some risks to be aware of. Most of these can be prevented, so they are all listed below as precautions.

What are the disadvantages of cataract surgery

  • Itching and inflammation (can be controlled with eyedrops)
  • Displacement of the lens implant (less than 1% chance of the risk)
  • Eye infections are very rare (less than 1 in 7000)

Book Your Laser Cataract Surgery with LaserVision

At LaserVision, we offer the latest technique in performing cataract and lens replacement procedures which provides unprecedented accuracy and precision. Our laser cataract surgery option.

For patients that seek the most advanced and accurate surgical procedure, laser cataract surgery is at its forefront and remains incomparable to any other.


Visit LaserVision for Your Eye Surgery

Please note that any self-diagnosis is not recommended and the information above is a guide to provide information so you can visit a medical expert. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms or side effects of the treatment, get in touch to visit an eye health specialist for an accurate medical consultation.

Our team of surgical experts will help to guide you in making the right choice for you based on your requirements and conditions. Contact us to book an appointment for a full consultation and find out more about cataract surgery and other laser eye surgery treatments. Find out the best age to undergo cataract surgery for more information on this vision correction treatment.

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