Consent for cataract removal form

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by CarlosWA, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. CarlosWA

    CarlosWA Guest

    I though this may be useful information for those with catatracts.


    DR. XX.

    The following is a list of SOME of the potential risks and
    complications of the proposed surgery. It is impossible to include ALL
    such risks and complications, but these are either more SERIOUS or
    more frequent.

    1 With any surgery there is always a risk of hemorrhage or
    infection. The risk is greater if you are on blood
    thinners(anticoagulants). Most often these events are not sight
    threatening. In about one in a thousand cases, there is a serious
    infection or hemorrhage which may threaten sight. The risk of loss of
    the eye with cataract surgery is less than one in ten thousand
    2. If the eye is otherwise healthy the vision will be sufficient
    to drive or read 95-98% of the time after surgery. In about 5% if
    patients the vision is no better or worse than it was before. This
    may be due to pre-existing problems at the back of the eye in the
    retina. This cannot always be predicted before surgery.
    3. Additional surgery is required in less that 1% of patients and
    may include:
    Wound repair or resuture
    Removal of cataract remnants
    Corneal transplant
    Lid droop repair
    Removal or replacement of the intra-ocular lens is required in
    less than one in a thousand cases
    4 Increased intra-ocular pressure (glaucoma) or inflammation
    occur occasionally but are usually treatable with medication.
    5 Your glasses' prescription may improve after surgery. A
    standard lens implant can only focus at one distance; you will still
    require glasses for reading or distance or both. Before surgery you
    will have been tested with an ultrasound machine to determine which
    strength of lens impiant is right for your eye. Occasionally the
    ultrasound reading is not perfectly accurate. Your vision without
    glasses may not be as good as hoped and the glasses you require may be
    thicker than expected. The eye takes several weeks to heal enough to
    allow for a stable eyeglasses prescription.
    6. The material in the implant has been used in eyes successfully
    for over 40 years and can yield excellent results. Lens implant
    technology is in constant development and newer designs may also be
    available to you. Your surgeon may wish to recommend a different style
    or material for the implant depending on your particular condition.
    7. Without cataract surgery the vision continues to deteriorate,
    glaucoma may develop or the eye may stop being used altogether and,
    therefore, may drift in or out.
    8. The implant is supported inside the eye by at a membrane which
    may become cloudy with scar tissue over time. About 20% of patients
    eventually require a minor laser treatment to clear the line of sight.

    delete "nnoospam" for e-mail reply
    CarlosWA, Jan 19, 2004
    1. Advertisements

  2. CarlosWA

    John Guest

    So if I have a YAG capsulotomy (due for it any time) what are the odds of
    serious side effects?
    John, Jan 21, 2004
    1. Advertisements

  3. This procedure seems to be very safe. Serious side effects are less
    than 1%. You can research through web sites for Doctors on the web.
    If you can understand the lingo it's the best place to get answers.
    Andrew E. Smyth, Jan 21, 2004
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.