Can you go blind from having refractive cataract surgery?

Patients will sometimes ask whether cataract surgical intervention can cause them to lose their vision after surgery. Even without being asked directly, part of the discussion I have with the patient is about the risks and benefits of the surgical procedure. We talk about the chance of being worse off than to begin with and the risks of losing vision. But it’s essential to make sure that, when a patient asks about losing sight, that we’re talking about the same thing.

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Cataract surgery can result in a visual outcome which is worse than a patient had before the surgery, but that’s a very low chance indeed. Sometimes, when people ask about losing their vision, what they mean is that their vision is below the driving standard, or would they be able to cross the road, or recognize people further away?

Cloudy vision can occur after cataract surgery. It’s incredibly rare for a patient to lose vision completely, and be in total darkness in one eye, as a result of cataract surgery. Overall, this procedure is incredibly safe, and the risks are very low.

I invite you to book a consultation in order to determine your suitability for refractive cataract surgery, or refractive lens exchange. It’s the only way to determine your suitability for these procedures and to have an in-depth discussion regarding the risks and benefits of each of them. I look forward to seeing you there and taking you through the journey to achieving your desired post-operative outcome.

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Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb, FRCOphth

Consultant Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon

iLase is the private practice of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb. Based in South Wales, he is one of the very few ophthalmologists working in the UK who is a fellowship-trained specialist in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He holds full specialist registration with the General Medical Council and was appointed as a Consultant in the NHS in 2006.