The risk of bleeding during this procedure is very small especially if your doctor is using small incision cataract surgery. In small incision surgery, significant bleeding occurs in approximately 3 in 10,000 patients. Bleeding can also occur during the anesthesia injection. The type of bleeding will determine the potential treatments options and expected outcomes of the bleeding.
In some cases of bleeding, the surgery may need to be rescheduled for a later date. In rare cases, bleeding can be significant enough to cause temporary or permanent vision changes including complete loss of vision.
Bleeding can also occur following the surgery. Most episodes of bleeding following surgery improve with medication and the vision has an excellent chance to return to normal. In some cases, surgery is needed to repair the cause of the bleeding.
If this complication does occur, your doctor will discuss the treatment options and expected outcomes with you.