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Question:
Will cataract surgery reduce IOP for narrow angle glaucoma patients? 

Answer:
If there is high pressure prior to surgery, this often must be taken care of prior to cataract surgery. In most cases the high pressure of narrow angle glaucoma is related to the aging and increasing size of your cataract, which is the lens of your eye that has gotten cloudier. Once the lens or cataract is removed, the front chamber of the eye should no longer be narrow. Many patients with this issue have better pressures after cataract surgery and may get off drops they were taking for the pressure caused by the crowded front chamber of the eye.

Answered by: Jeffrey Whitman, MDDr. Jeffrey Whitman

Categories: Cataracts, Glaucoma

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Answered: Aug 07, 2012

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