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Can cataract surgery be done to both eyes in one operation?
Yes, cataract surgery can be performed on both eyes the same day, but I don’t know any surgeon who exposes his or her patients to this risk. The concern is that, should there be a rare infection in one eye, a person could develop an infection in the other eye, too. Doctors think in terms of risk and benefit. The risk of ending up blind in both eyes seems too great a risk to most of us compared to the benefit of having both eyes operated on the same day.
Answered by: Wayne Bizer, DO
Answered: Jun 27, 2014
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