Glaucoma and cataracts are two eye conditions associated with age. Individuals
who develop glaucoma as they age may also develop cataracts. One misconception
may be that glaucoma patients who also have cataracts may not benefit fromcataract surgery, but this is not the case.
Replacement of the clouded lens of the eye due to cataracts can improve
vision, even if glaucoma is present. It is not uncommon for a glaucoma
patient to undergo surgery for cataracts. A patient may undergo cataract
surgery when the cataract interferes with their normal vision. It is however,
important to understand that cataract surgery is not a treatment for glaucoma
and treatment for glaucoma cannot improve vision due to cataracts.
What is glaucoma? It is a condition in which the fluid in the eye does not flow normally
resulting from high pressure inside the eye. If the pressure is not regulated,
loss of vision may occur. Treatment for glaucoma typically consists of
prescribed medicated eye drops to control the pressure within the eye.
In severe cases, laser trabeculoplasty may be performed to open drainage
holes in the eye allowing the fluid to flow more freely to reduce the
high pressure. This procedure could eliminate the need for eye drops.
What is a cataract? A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens of the eye. It is not a
growth or film that can be removed. Cataracts can gradually decrease vision
in the eye. To restore vision loss caused by cataracts, the natural lens
of the eye may be removed through cataract surgery and replaced with a
clear plastic lens implant.
Glaucoma and cataracts are two very different eye conditions. However,
the two conditions do have a few similarities. Both can be associated
with age. Additionally, both conditions can progress with time, resulting
in near total or total vision loss if not properly treated. The earlier
each condition is treated, the better the patient’s chances of positive results.
Stay tuned for some exciting news for glaucoma patients who are undergoing
cataract surgery. Dr. Whitman and his team are currently evaluating a
technology advancement designed to perhaps reduce the dependence on drops
or multiple drops to lower eye pressure.
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