Cataract surgery complications are few, and cataract surgery is among the most common and most successful surgical procedures performed today.
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.*
Also, a recent study of more than 200,000 Medicare beneficiaries who underwent cataract surgery between 1994 and 2006 found that 99.5 percent of patients had no severe postoperative complications and the risk of severe complications has decreased with advances in surgical tools and techniques.**
When cataract surgery complications do occur, most are minor and can be successfully treated medically or with additional surgery.