Advanced methods of cataract surgery reduces infection rates

cataract-surgeryIn the past years aged people with blurry eyes avoided cataract operations because it often led to some serious infections like endophthalmitis which involves inflammation of intraocular cavities.

The infections may cause different complications in the eye of the patient. In most of the cases permanent vision loss occurs. But the good news is that new and advanced cataract surgery techniques has successfully reduced the infection rates.

A recent study conducted by a group of Canadian researchers reviewed records for more than 440,000 consecutive cataract surgeries performed in surgical facilities of Ontario, Canada between April 2002 and March 2006. The study estimated the infection rates by tracking post-operative procedures to treat infections that occurred within a fortnight of surgery.

The results of the study showed that rate of endophthalmitis infection was very low:1.4 per 1,000 operations. The highest rate of suspected endophthalmitis occurred in patients over age 85 (2.18 per 1,000). Men were at somewhat higher risk than women (1.7 vs. 1.19 per 1,000). No differences in rates were found between patients living in rural vs. non-rural settings, nor were differences noted among socioeconomic groups.

Thus no more worries and tensions before cataract surgeries. It is quite safe if done by the hands of a reputed and skillful ophthalmologist.

Source:Back To EurekAlert


One Response to “Advanced methods of cataract surgery reduces infection rates”

  1. David D. Richardson, MD Says:

    There is no question that endophthalmitis is one of the most worrisome risks related to cataract surgery. Modern surgical techniques can potentially reduce this risk. The best way to insure that surgery is done with a modern technique is to research the cataract surgeon.

    Advice concerning how to choose a cataract surgeon is available in my article “10 Things You Must Know Before Choosing Your Cataract Surgeon.” To read a copy of this document follow this link: []


    David D. Richardson, M.D.
    Medical Director

    San Gabriel Valley Eye Associates, Inc.
    “LA and So Cal’s Trusted Source of Eyecare”

    207 S. Santa Anita Street, Suite P-25
    San Gabriel, CA 91776

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