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Will cataract surgery affect my glaucoma?

There are a number of options available to glaucoma patients with cataracts, and each situation must be assessed individually.

Your eye doctor will tailor the specific treatment plan for the individual eye to maximize the benefits and minimize the risk to the eye. Your eye doctor balances many factors that affect the decision as to when and how aggressively the glaucoma and cataract should be treated, including whether the two diseases should be treated at the same time or separately.

If the cataract does not interfere with your activities significantly then treating the glaucoma and monitoring cataract progression — but not removing the cataract immediately — may be an appropriate plan.

Often, the glaucoma can be managed with laser treatment and anti-glaucoma medications. When this is possible, it allows the doctor to monitor the eye while the cataract worsens.

Last reviewed on April 19, 2011

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