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How can cataract surgery cause infection?

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Germs that get in your eye during surgery can lead to an infection. You might feel sensitive to light or have pain, redness, and vision problems. If this happens to you, call your doctor right away.

Infections after cataract surgery are rare, but if you have one, you'll get a shot of antibiotics into your eye. In some cases, your doctor also removes the vitreous, the clear gel in the center of the eye, to stop the infection from spreading.

From: Complications of Cataract Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Cataract Surgery."

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology : "The Risks and Benefits of Cataract Surgery."

NHS, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals: "Risks and Benefits of Cataract Surgery."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Cataract," "Facts About Retinal Detachment."

American Society of Retinal Specialists: "Intraocular Lens Dislocation."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Hyphema."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Hyphema," "Extreme Photophobia after Cataract Surgery," "Shedding Light on Pseudophakic Dysphotopsia."

Royal National Institute of Blind People: "Posterior Vitreous Detachment."

EyeWorld: "Post-Surgical Ptosis: Causes and Treatments."

Wills Eye Hospital, Glaucoma Service Foundation to Prevent Blindness: "Glaucoma Following Cataract Surgery."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on April 19, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Cataract Surgery."

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology : "The Risks and Benefits of Cataract Surgery."

NHS, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals: "Risks and Benefits of Cataract Surgery."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Cataract," "Facts About Retinal Detachment."

American Society of Retinal Specialists: "Intraocular Lens Dislocation."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Hyphema."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Hyphema," "Extreme Photophobia after Cataract Surgery," "Shedding Light on Pseudophakic Dysphotopsia."

Royal National Institute of Blind People: "Posterior Vitreous Detachment."

EyeWorld: "Post-Surgical Ptosis: Causes and Treatments."

Wills Eye Hospital, Glaucoma Service Foundation to Prevent Blindness: "Glaucoma Following Cataract Surgery."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on April 19, 2018

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