Does Lens Shift Occur After Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most important surgical operations to restore your vision and improve your quality of life. The aim here is to replace the lens that prevents vision and dulls the vision with an artificial lens that will improve vision. We encounter many questions about this artificial lens. Apart from questions such as the properties and suitability of the lens, patients also wonder whether there will be a lens shift after cataract surgery. In this content, we will try to answer this question.

Can Lens Shift Occur After Cataract Surgery?

When answering the question, it is necessary to proceed gradually. In order to avoid lens shift, one should be very careful during the surgical intervention in the first place.

An incorrect application during the surgical operation, such as pressure or impact on the lens, may cause lens shift to occur. We can also say that the doctor’s experience comes into play for an error-free application, and that the doctor’s experience and competence directly affect this situation.

If no mistakes or malpractices are made during the operation, the possibility of lens shift is reduced to very low levels. But we still cannot say that it has gone to zero. We will add a list of other possible causes below.

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Other Possible Causes

  • Various patient-related factors
  • A special condition called pseudoexfoliation
  • Caused by high myopia
  • Weakening of the fibers holding the lens over time. Weakened fibers can mean that one side of the lens is shifting.

However, it is important to remember that there is still a risk of lens shift. This is because lens shift can also occur when the fibers holding the lens weaken over time. Weakening fibers may mean that one side of the lens may slip.

In such a case, the first thing to do is to go to a specialist doctor and have a detailed examination against lens slippage. If a lens shift occurs, then either the existing lens is re-centered or a new lens is applied. But as we said, doctor controls should be done in detail to determine this.

Assoc. Prof. Aylin Kılıç

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