• When to Have Combined Cataract and Glaucoma Surgery

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    Reviewed By: J Kevin McKinney MD
    Sep. 16, 2020

    To find out what treatment is right for you, your ophthalmologist will examine your eyes. He or she will check the following:

    • How advanced is your glaucoma?
    • Is laser surgery or glaucoma medication lowering your eye pressure enough?
    • Are cataracts affecting your daily activities?

    Your ophthalmologist will suggest a treatment that gives you the best chance for better vision with the least amount of risk.

    If doing glaucoma surgery and cataract surgery is right for you, your ophthalmologist will choose which type of combined surgery to do.

    Here are some reasons why your ophthalmologist may suggest combined surgery:

    • It is easier for you: One visit to the operating room is more convenient and less stressful than two surgeries.
    • Less risk: Risks with anesthesia are cut in half since you only have to have anesthesia once.
    • Stop medications: If the glaucoma surgery is successful, you may be able to decrease or even stop taking glaucoma medications. Many people find it hard to use eye drops.
    • Keeping eye pressure stable after surgery: After cataract surgery, sometimes eye pressure rises suddenly. With the addition of glaucoma surgery, this rise in eye pressure usually does not happen.
    • Lower cost: Having two surgeries at one time is less expensive. And if the glaucoma surgery is successful, you save money by not needing as much or any glaucoma medicine.