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GLAUCOMA SURGERY UPDATE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-17

Cataract surgery in the glaucoma patient


Byers Eye Institute, School of Medicine, Stanford University, California, USA

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Kuldev Singh
2452 Watson Court; Palo Alto, CA 94303
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.148343

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To summarize the role of cataract surgery in the glaucoma patient, in terms of the effect on intraocular pressure (IOP) as well as diagnostic and therapeutic considerations for those with both conditions. Recent evidence suggests that cataract extraction may produce a significant and sustained IOP reduction in individuals with open-angle glaucoma, ocular hypertension, and angle-closure glaucoma. Cataract removal may improve the practitioner's ability to interpret perimetric testing, and re-establishing perimetric and optic nerve imaging baselines is recommended after cataract surgery. The sequence of cataract surgery relative to glaucoma surgery impacts the likelihood of complications and surgical success. There are multiple benefits to perform cataract surgery prior to glaucoma surgery while cataract surgery after trabeculectomy increases the risk of subsequent filtration failure. As "minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries" continue to improve in terms of efficacy, there is an evolving role for combined cataract and glaucoma surgery in patients with early to moderate stages of glaucoma.


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