Monday, June 13, 2011

Cataract Safety Improved Over 10 Years Studied

Cataract surgery performed in the United States is one of the safest, most effective surgeries there could be, and it has been like this for a very long time. A recent study looked at the safety of cataract surgery and compared surgeries performed in 1994-1995 with those done in 2005-2006 and here are the highlights!

Really bad complications like infection and bleeding following cataract surgery were very rare in 1994-95, but they were 21% more common back then in comparison with 2005-06. One of the most significant risk factor for complications in 1994-95 was a history of severe diabetic retinopathy, but even with this risk the frequency of complications was dramatically lower in 2005-06.

As cataract surgery has evolved in the U.S. other studies have also shown a decreased risk of complications. For example, serious infections have been rare since at least the 1980's, but the risk of having a serious eye infection following cataract surgery is now about 10 times LESS in 2011 than it was in 1990!

Cataract surgery is one of the biggest success stories in all of medicine and Dr. White is one of the best cataract surgeons in the country! We can improve your vision using one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures known to man. If you have been told that you, or a family member, has a cataract give us a call at Skyvision Centers!

(Note: cataract surgery, like all surgical procedures, does have the possibility of complications which may affect the outcome of the surgery. Bleeding and infection are only two of the complications possible. For more information about this ask your surgeon.)

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