Cataract Surgery Complications

Some eyes may develop problems following cataract surgery that may benefit from additional surgery by a retina specialist.

One possible complication is dislocation of cataract fragments into the vitreous cavity. The common symptoms from dislocated lens fragments include large floaters, blurred vision from fluid leakage in the macula or abnormal inflammation that may cause elevated intraocular pressures. This problem can be treated by vitrectomy where the cataract fragments are removed, restoring vision.

Another complication is that sometimes the intraocular lens implant slips out of the center of the pupil and falls back into the vitreous cavity or on the retinal surface. The intraocular lens implant can be sewn back into proper position using vitrectomy techniques allowing patients to again focus through their intraocular lens implant.