Is laser cataract surgery a risk for swelling with existing macular pucker?
NOV 28, 2023
Is laser-assisted cataract surgery a risk for macular swelling with a macular pucker?
The laser can be used to soften the cataract before it is removed, decreasing the amount of energy required to break up and remove the cataract. The laser allows for more precise placement of the incisions made in the cornea
, which can be helpful with more advanced implant lenses (toric or multifocal IOLs)
. Both laser-assisted and standard cataract surgery
have a low risk of cystoid macular edema (swelling)
. Your macular pucker
(also called epiretinal membrane) may increase the risk of this complication with either procedure. Your surgeon knows your specific situation and can better explain your risk of this problem.