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What is the cataract surgery success rate?

Have you been experiencing blurry or cloudy vision? You may have been to an eye doctor and received a recommendation for cataract surgery, but perhaps you feel too nervous to proceed.

The term surgery can be daunting, so any nerves are completely understandable. Yet, cataract surgery really is a routine procedure. It’s a simple procedure with little downtime and a very high cataract surgery success rate.

Read on to learn more about the surgery, who benefits from it, the success rate, and how to move forward with fixing your vision.

About cataract surgery

If you have a cataract, your vision is blurry because your eyes lens has developed cloudy patches, making it difficult for you to see. This is common, especially in people over the age of fifty-five.

Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens of your eye and replacing it with an artificial lens.

Cataract eye surgery is a very common procedure. It is usually an outpatient procedure, which means that you will come into the office or surgery centre for surgery and leave on the same day.

Benefits of cataract surgery

Not everyone who first develops a cataract needs immediate cataract surgery. In the early stages of cataracts, your vision may not be affected.

However, if you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you may be a good candidate for cataract eye surgery:

  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty seeing in dim light or seeing at night
  • Double vision
  • Glare
  • Seeing halos around objects
  • Faded colours

Vision problems can hold you back from exercising, driving, or even going out at night. One of the biggest benefits of cataract eye surgery is how it helps you regain confidence so you can go about your everyday life as usual.

If you are not sure if you are a good candidate for cataract eye surgery, you can take a short online quiz. You can also reach out to an eye centre for a consultation to determine if cataract eye surgery is right for you.

What is the cataract surgery success rate?

Firstly, let’s begin by defining what a success rate is.

A success rate is the fraction or percentage of success among a number of attempts.

The success rate for cataract eye surgery is very high. In fact, one study of more than 221,000 cataract surgery patients showed that 99.5% of the patients had no serious complications following their procedure.1Stein, J., Grossman, D., Mundy, K., Sugar, A. and Sloan, F., 2021. Severe Adverse Events after Cataract Surgery Among Medicare Beneficiaries.

That’s almost a 100% success rate.

When will I see the results?

There is also minimal downtime with cataract surgery recovery. It is very common for your eyes to be red or inflamed for a few days after the surgery, but this usually doesn’t last long. Most patients can drive within 48 hours after surgery.

Most patients see results within a few days after surgery.

As with any surgery, it is important to attend any follow-up appointments to ensure a smooth recovery.

Scheduling your surgery with OKKO Eye Specialist Centre

Now that you’ve learnt a little more about eye cataracts, surgery, and the cataract surgery success rate, it is time to schedule a consultation.

Our professional team is here to diagnose, treat, and manage your cataracts. So what are you waiting for? Get the help you need from trusted professionals and restore your vision. You’ll be back to enjoying your everyday life in no time.

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"Very friendly and professional staff. Dr Russell is extremely informative and has a really positive presence. The doctor and all of the staff ensured all my questions were answered fully. I left the surgery feeling as if I’d been really well cared for."

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"My wife came to see Dr Russell today and we wanted to say thank you to all the staff for the kind and professional service. We are also extremely grateful for Dr Russell’s generosity when it came to us paying for the consultation. We wanted to reach out and say thank you so much!"

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A specialist ophthalmic micro surgeon, internationally trained retinal surgeon, medical retinal diseases specialist and cataract surgeon

Dr Matthew Russell, MBChB, FRANZCO

Brisbane Eye Surgeon

With a career that spans over 15 years, I have mastered the ability to achieve results that help patients regain their confidence and youthful energy.

When it comes to restoring the eye’s function, there is a world of choice available that most people miss. It is my responsibility as a specialist ophthalmic surgeon, to help you avoid the agonising anxiety and regret that comes with not knowing all your options.

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