Are there any side effects after cataract surgery down the road for a 34-year-old?


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Some complications that occur at some time after cataract surgery include problems with glare, a dislocated intraocular lens and a clouding of the lens covering that remains after surgery, notes WebMD. The risk of having a complication after cataract surgery is approximately 10 percent.

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During cataract surgery, the cataract is separated from the eye’s lens capsule, and an intraocular lens implant is put in its place, explains WebMD. A portion of the lens covering will remain, and it is the clouding of this tissue that is the most commonly reported problem associated with cataract surgery. The issue is not often severe, and it can easily be treated with laser surgery. The risk of this happening depends on the type of intraocular lens installed.

A cataract is a cloudy area that forms on the lens of the eye, but not all cataracts significantly impair vision, notes WebMD. The types of vision impairment that are often reported include filmy or fuzzy vision, severe glare from lamps or the sun, double vision and improvement of near vision that then gets worse. Although cataracts often occur in older adults, they can occur in infants and children. Factors that increase a person’s risk for cataracts include age, family history, diabetes and glaucoma.

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