Yes, there can be cataract surgery complications. Although complications can be rare, they can happen. One of the complications can be for men. Males need to be aware that certain prostate drugs can cause intraoperative floppy iris syndrome (IFIS) during a cataract procedure.
According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery each year, with an overall success rate of 98 percent or higher.*
Ninety-nine point five percent of all cataract surgeries that took place between the years 1994 and 2006 (study included more than 200,000 Medicare beneficiaries who had the surgery) had no severe postoperative complications and the risk of severe complications decreased as advances in surgical techniques and tools came into play.
If and when any complications to cataract surgery did occur, most were minor. They were able to be successfully treated medically – with additional surgery.
By knowing this, an elderly caregiver is able to allay any fears or mask the concerns that seniors have. It is very scary having surgery on the eyes – especially when most of us are not medical experts. Knowing and being there for your clients just proves once again that you believe that With Age Comes Respect and isn’t this the entire goal to begin with?