The standard cataract surgical procedure is performed on more than 3 million eyes each year, and has proven to be extremely safe. However, there is a risk of complications with even the most routine surgery. Most complications, such as minor infections, inflammation, and irritation, are temporary and easily treated. Serious sight-threatening complications, such as serious infection, hemorrhaging, or retinal detachment, are extremely rare. Cataract surgery slightly increases your risk of retinal detachment. Other eye disorders, such as high myopia (nearsightedness), can further increase your risk of retinal detachment after cataract surgery. Complications are more likely in patients with diabetes and high blood pressure, and those who suffer from chronic inflammation and infections. However, if you suffer from one or more of these conditions, it is still very possible to have cataract surgery with little to no complications. About 98% of cataract surgery patients experience no complications and more than 95% achieve improved vision. As with all surgical procedures, Dr. Vu will perform a thorough examination and provide a complete evaluation at her laser eye surgery center in Los Angeles. Dr. Vu will provide you with the expected results and possible complications prior to surgery. She will help you to make sure cataract surgery is right for you.