Cataract Surgery Risks in the Diabetic Patient

Cataract Surgery Risks in the Diabetic Patient

Cataract surgery may also be referred to as lens replacement surgery, and as the name suggests involves the removal of the natural lens and replacement with an artificial one. Cataract surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist. Cataract surgery is advisable prior to lens opacity precluding detailed fundus examination. Phacoemulsification is the preferred surgical technique. 

Cataract surgery is more complicated in diabetic patients overall. The basement membrane of the lens (or lens capsule) is known to be thicker in diabetics, which is similar to the thickened vascular basement membrane in these subjects. This thickened capsule is more easily crumbled and accidental rupture during lens extraction (cataract surgery) seems to be more common in diabetics. Lens capsule changes may also affect performing capsulorrhexis  (removal the capsule of the lens from the eye during cataract surgery by shear and stretch forces) during phacoemulsification3 .

Diabetic patients have a higher risk of complications after cataract surgery compared to nondiabetics.