Benefits & Risks

With a success rate of well over 98%, cataract surgery is one of the safest of all surgeries, and difficulties are highly unlikely. Just keep in mind, that with any surgery, occasionally there may be complications during or after the procedure even with the most excellent care. However, the risk of these complications is minimal. Dr. Seibel’s knowledge, skill and extensive experience are the primary reasons the complications associated with cataract surgery are quite rare at Seibel Vision Surgery. Seibel Vision Surgery gives the Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills residents the opportunity to experience cataract surgery with our experienced team.


The benefits of modern cataract surgery are many. It affords an almost miraculous restoration of clear vision. It is one of the few medical procedures that can literally turn back the hands of time, for many patients achieve vision comparable to the eyesight they enjoyed in their youth. Some of the benefits include the following:

  • Improved Color Vision
    Once the cataract is removed, colors are no longer tinged by its effect. Colors will be much more vivid and vibrant after surgery.
  • Improved Clarity of Vision
    Visual acuity is usually improved. Reading and watching television can be enjoyed thanks to sharper, clearer vision.
  • Increased Independence
    Following cataract surgery, many patients eyesight is improved to the point that they can regain their driver’s license.
  • Improved Quality of Life
    Improved vision leads to renewed interest and participation in the fun things in life. Hobbies, work, and enjoying the company of friends comes easier when vision is improved.
  • Reduced Dependence Upon Corrective Eyewear
    The lens implant used during cataract surgery may be able to compensate for pre-existing focusing problems such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Glasses may be needed for some activities, such as reading or driving. When glasses are required all the time, the lenses are often able to be much thinner, making the spectacles lighter and more attractive.  Optional Lens implants such as the Presbyopia-Correcting Technis Multifocal typically reduce or eliminate the need for glasses after cataract surgery.


Although it is not possible to list every potential risk or complication that may result from the procedure, many of them are described below.

  • Infection
    Due to uncompromising attention to sterile techniques, our risk of infection is quite low.
  • Hemorrhage
    Bleeding after surgery is very uncommon. This is especially true due to the placement of the surgical incision in the clear cornea region of the eye.
  • Corneal Swelling
    Swelling of the corneal tissues following surgery is not uncommon. It is a response to the insertion of the surgical instruments into the eye. Usually, it develops a few hours after the procedure. While the cornea is swollen, vision is mildly distorted. Corneal swelling usually improves on its own; however, drops may be prescribed to help it resolve sooner.
  • Glaucoma
    Occasionally, the pressure inside the eye will increase following cataract surgery. This is caused by some of the fluids used during surgery not passing through the eye’s natural drainage system as expected. Often, this condition manifests itself as a headache or sharp pain in the region of the eye. Medications can be prescribed to lower the pressure during the post-op period.
  • Retinal Detachment
    Individuals with nearsightedness and/or less than mid-50’s age are at an increased risk of developing a retinal detachment.


There are times when a cataract can be removed successfully but vision is not improved because of preexisting conditions or diseases of the eye. One such disease is macular degeneration wherein the central part of the retina – the area that is critical for “fine” seeing – is damaged. Occasionally, this condition cannot be diagnosed before the cataract operation because the cataract itself may prevent Dr. Seibel from seeing the macula in sufficient detail.

In addition, other preexisting conditions of the eye can limit vision after the operation, such as diabetes and glaucoma. All such preexisting conditions limit the eye’s ability to regain normal vision, even if the cataract operation is successful. It is important to remember that cataract removal has a high success rate. It is most likely that your vision will be remarkably improved and that you will be able to do things that you were not able to do before the operation.