Simultaneous treatment of glaucoma and cataracts
Cataracts and glaucoma are two of the most common eye diseases in the world. Both diseases become more common as people age. Many people with cataracts also have glaucoma. If cataracts make vision difficult, and eye pressure is not what it should be despite medication or laser treatment, your doctor may suggest treating both at the same time.
When to perform combined cataract and glaucoma surgery
To find out which treatment is right for you, your ophthalmologist will examine your eyes. He or she will consider:
- your current glaucoma treatment and whether it lowers your eye pressure enough;
- whether you tolerate the side effects and expense of your glaucoma medications; and
- whether your cataracts prevent you from performing your daily activities.
Your ophthalmologist will suggest a treatment that offers you the greatest chance of improving your vision with the least risk.
If glaucoma surgery and cataract surgery are right for you, your ophthalmologist will choose which type of combined surgery to perform.
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