About 20% of patients with cataracts either have somewhat high IOP or actually have glaucoma and require treatment. For these patients with either a high eye pressure or who are actually being treated for glaucoma, there is good news in that one of the effects of cataract surgery is to lower their eye pressure.
Research on Cataract Surgery & Lowering Eye Pressure
According to a report in Current Opinion in Ophthalmology researchers reviewed the effect that cataract surgery had on eye pressure-or intraocular pressure (IOP). From their review, there are sufficient data to suggest that cataract surgery provides a lowering effect on IOP in the long term and the amount of the lowering is proportional to the preoperative IOP. That is, eyes with higher preoperative IOP have the greatest average lowering, whereas eyes with IOP in the lower range of statistically normal tend to have an IOP that is unchanged from before cataract surgery, or even higher following cataract surgery.
If you or someone you know has cataracts, high eye pressure or even glaucoma and is thinking about cataract surgery, please share this information and ask them to call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.
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