• Is it safe to have cataract surgery after having laser and freezing treatment on my retina?


    Question:

    Is it safe to have cataract surgery after having laser and freezing treatment on my retina?


    Answer:

    Cataract surgery is a relatively safe operation with an extremely low complication rate. There are some ocular, medical and surgical conditions that can add to this very low risk. Previous retinal surgery might indicate an underlying weakness in the retina—such as high nearsightedness and previous eye injury—that could add to the risk of cataract surgery. However, areas of the retina that have been fully treated are usually the least likely areas to cause any of these complications.

    Prior to your cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist will fully and carefully examine your eye, including the retina, to prepare accordingly and provide you a safe operation.


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