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How can cataract surgery cause retinal detachment?

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The retina sits way back in your eye, sensing light and sending messages to the brain. After surgery, you have a slightly higher chance that it pulls away from the back of the eye -- a problem called retinal detachment.

It's an emergency that could cause loss of vision. See your eye doctor right away if you:

  • Feel like a curtain has fallen over part of your eye
  • Have new floating spots in your vision
  • See flashes of light

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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