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Can cataract surgery be a successful treatment for early-stage narrow angle glaucoma instead of iridotomy? If pressure in both eyes are high normal, could the thinner lens improve fluid outflow?

Cataract surgery will deepen the anterior chamber and usually relieve the narrow angle issues. This thinner lens has nothing to do with outflow, but if the removal of the cataract reopens the trabecular meshwork for outflow, the pressure should improve. Sometimes there are permanent changes to outflow that still may require medication and/or surgery.

Answered by: Jeffrey Whitman, MDDr. Jeffrey Whitman

Categories: Cataracts, Eye Surgery, Glaucoma

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Answered: Apr 30, 2013

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