Take-home message: Cystoid macular edema can permanently alter vision, so it is highly crucial to utilize best practices for treating the cataract surgery complication.
CME affects about 1% of patients, 10 to 25 times the incidence of postoperative infections.
“One percent is high for an adverse event following cataract surgery,” said Keith Warren, MD, founder of Warren Retina Associates, Overland Park, KS, and clinical professor of ophthalmology, University of Kansas. “That’s 10,000 patients per million cataract surgeries in the United States every year. And if you get CME, your vision is usually permanently altered. That makes it an important event to assess, to treat, and to prevent.”
Dr. Warren presented the latest developments in the prevention and treatment of CME. Prompt treatment and prophylaxis are key steps in the preservation of vision.
The typical CME patient shows normal healing and visual improvement initially following surgery. The first obvious problem is a sudden blurring of vision in the 4 to 6 weeks postoperative period.