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Surgery for Glaucoma and a Cataract - Topic Overview

Cataracts may occur in people who also have glaucoma. This commonly occurs in older adults.

If you have glaucoma and cataracts, you may consider having surgery for both conditions at the same time. Depending on which condition caused the vision loss, you may have improved vision after surgery.

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  • If the vision loss before surgery was mostly caused by the cataract, you may have noticeable improvement in your vision. Also, surgery may delay the progression of vision loss caused by glaucoma.
  • If the vision loss before surgery was mostly caused by glaucoma, rather than the cataract, you may not have much improvement in vision after surgery. But surgery may slow the loss of vision caused by glaucoma.

Cataract surgery alone is quicker and less complicated than having both surgeries at the same time.

In many cases where glaucoma and cataract occur together, surgery to treat both conditions may be done at the same time.

If you have both glaucoma and cataracts, talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of combined surgery to treat both conditions.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: February 28, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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