WHEN TO POSTPONE CATARACT SURGERY: TAKING IN CONSIDERATION PATIENTS' QUALITY OF LIFE
Purpose: Assessment of complication in surgery of complicated cataracts and option of postponement of surgery. Setting: Clinic for eye diseases, Clinical Centre of Serbia
Methods: This was a retrospective observational case series.
Results: In 16 patients subjected to cataract surgery by method of phacoemulsification, three experienced complications during surgery. Two experienced rupture of posterior lens capsule and prolapse of the vitreous body, and one, expulsive hemorrhage. The visual acuity in all three patients was lesser than the preoperative visual acuity. In the second group of 16 patients, after having been acquainted with the survey, the cataract surgery was postponed and the patients were controlled after one year. The cataract progressed just partially in certain patients and all the patients were satisfied with the status of their vision and did not demand surgery.
Conclusions: Cataract surgery in complicated cases may be accompanied by complications with uncertain postoperative visual results. Therefore, in patients with complicated cataracts and relatively preserved visual acuity, it is necessary to be careful with proposing surgery and often obey their wish to postpone surgery. This should be done particularly with patients of advanced age, patients with poor general status of life and in monoculuses.
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