Cataract Surgery Lowers Eye Pressure

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cataract Surgery Lowers Eye Pressure

If you have glaucoma, or are at risk for glaucoma and have a higher than normal eye pressure, there is good news if you have a cataract and are considering cataract surgery. Researchers reporting in Current Opinion in Ophthalmology reviewed the effect that cataract surgery had on eye pressure-or intraocular pressure (IOP). This is important as it is believed that some 20% of patients with cataracts either have somewhat high IOP or actually have glaucoma. 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 glaucoma or a high eye pressure and has cataracts and is thinking about cataract surgery, please share this information and ask them to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Google+ or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

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