Does the surgery work?
Cataract removal is one of the most common operations performed in Canada. Many of your friends, neighbors and relatives will have had it done. Ask them about their experiences. It also is one of the safest and most effective types of surgery. In about 95% of cases, people who have cataract surgery have better vision afterword.
As with any surgery, cataract surgery poses risks which are very rare:
- bad eye infection that can cause to lose your eyesight (1:1000)
- retinal detachment (1:100)
- dropped lens in the back of the eye needing a second surgery done by the retina surgeon
Sometimes a second surgery may be needed to remove the entire cataract or to place the implant in the eye. Most people do not need to stop their blood thinners before surgery, this is because of the way the cataract surgery is performed, causing minimal to no bleeding for the eye. You are then not taking extra risk for your medical conditions that require you to use blood thinners.