Monday, January 19, 2015

Eye Pressure Lowered with Cataract Surgery

For patients who have both cataracts and high intraocular pressure or even glaucoma, there is new research that shows a beneficial effect of cataract surgery in lowering eye pressure. This is important because some 20% of patients with a cataract do indeed have a high eye pressure. Research in Current Opinion in Ophthalmology showed the lowering effect that cataract surgery had on eye pressure-or intraocular pressure (IOP). From their review, researchers reported that there are sufficient data to suggest that cataract surgery provides a lowering effect on IOP in the long term and the amount of the lowering is proportional to the preoperative IOP. That is, eyes with higher preoperative IOP have the greatest average lowering, whereas eyes with IOP in the lower range of statistically normal tend to have an IOP that is unchanged from before cataract surgery, or even higher following cataract surgery.

If you or someone you know has cataracts and a high eyepressure or glaucoma and is thinking about cataract surgery, please share this information and ask them to call Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham by calling 205-930-0930, visiting Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or and schedule an appointment.

Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham is a leading eye care center located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205.