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Cataracts and Glaucoma

Cataracts and Glaucoma

Cataracts and glaucoma may be treated at the same time

People who have mild to moderate glaucoma, a serious eye disease, and cataracts may benefit from surgery to treat both conditions at the same time.

 

Glaucoma is the world’s second-leading cause of blindness. It causes irreversible damage to the optic nerve. There is no cure, but surgery and medication can stop the progression of vision loss.

 

What does cataract and glaucoma surgery involve?

The same incision used for cataract surgery, in which a clouded lens is removed and replaced with a clear intraocular lens, can be used for micro-invasive glaucoma surgery, or MIGS.

 

The MIGS procedure reduces the potentially dangerous buildup of pressure in the eye by improving the natural flow of fluid in the eye. Diseased eye tissue around the base of the cornea, known as the trabecular meshwork, may be removed to clear blockages and improve drainage from the eye. Or, a tiny mesh stent may be implanted to hold open and reinforce the eye’s natural drainage. The procedure allows for future treatment that could help maintain vision over the long term.

 

Recovery time for both cataract surgery and a MIGS procedure is relatively short. Vision is better after a MIGS procedure than after other, more traditional glaucoma surgeries.

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