Cataract Surgery Complications in Uveitis Patients: A Review Article

Stephanie M. Llop, George N. Papaliodis

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Uveitis is a leading causes of blindness worldwide, and the development of cataracts is common due to both the presence of intraocular inflammation and the most commonly employed treatment with corticosteroids. The management of these cataracts can be very challenging and often requires additional procedures that can compromise surgical results. The underlying disease affects a relatively young population at higher risk of complications. Preoperative control of inflammation/quiescent disease for at least three months is generally accepted as the minimum amount of time prior to surgical intervention. Phacoemulsification with intraocular lens is the preferred method for surgery, with some studies showing improvement in visual acuity in over 90% of patients. The most common postoperative complications include macular edema, posterior capsule opacification, recurrent or persistent inflammation, glaucoma, epiretinal membrane and IOL deposits, or dislocation. Despite the potential complications, cataract surgery in uveitis patients is considered a safe and successful procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-69
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cataracta complicata
  • cataract complications
  • cataract extraction
  • phacoemulsificationuveitis


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