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Question:
What causes inflammation after cataract surgery?

Answer:
Any type of surgery creates an incision and this promotes release of inflammatory factors. Cataract surgery, while the incision is very small, creates inflammation in the cornea, anterior chamber, and iris. Also, microscopic remnants of the cataract are often left in the anterior chamber of the eye, which lead to continued release of inflammatory factors. Topical anti-inflammatory agents are beneficial at removing all the inflammatory factors and clearing the vision, thus they are very important to use after any intraocular surgery.

Answered by: W. Barry Lee, MD  Dr. W. Barry Lee

Categories: CataractsEye Surgery

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