How Does Cataract Surgery Affect Glaucoma?

LASIK & Cataract Surgeons serving Gurnee, River Forest & Chicago


Cataracts and glaucoma are both eye diseases that become more prevalent as you get older, and many men and women over the age of 60 have both. Cataract surgery may in some cases help to lower intraocular pressure from glaucoma, but it is not a treatment for glaucoma on its own. The best thing to do if you have cataracts and glaucoma is to visit an experienced ophthalmologist for an examination and discussion of treatment and management options.Closeup of an elderly woman's eye with cataracts

Call Kirk Eye Center today at 708-771-3334 to schedule your appointment. When it comes to your vision, it’s better not to hesitate and to see an eye doctor as soon as you can. Often, vision loss from glaucoma can be slowed with the right treatments, and vision loss from cataracts can be completely reversed.

Benefits of Cataract Surgery When You Have Glaucoma

In most cases, you should be able to have cataract surgery without any problems even if you also have glaucoma. In fact, in some cases, cataract surgery can even help to lower the intraocular eye pressure that glaucoma causes. However, eye pressure can also spike directly after cataract surgery, so it is important to follow your eye doctor’s directions to the letter for post-operative care.

Cataract surgery has an extremely high success rate, and can restore your vision completely. Cataracts cause the eye’s lens to become cloudy, which impairs vision. Cataract surgery removes the clouded lens and replaces it with an artificial lens, allowing for clear vision.

Here at Kirk Eye Center, we offer premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) following cataract surgery that can even leave you with better vision than you had before you developed cataracts.

There is unfortunately no surgery that can reverse or cure glaucoma, but there are effective treatment options available. Our ophthalmologists will be happy to discuss with you whether cataract surgery may help with your glaucoma, and will prescribe separate glaucoma treatment as well.

Managing Glaucoma and Cataracts

If you have early stage cataracts, there may be no need for surgery just yet. Visit Kirk Eye Center regularly to monitor the progression of your cataracts and keep an eye on your glaucoma as well. There are no medications that work for cataracts, but there are medications and laser treatments available to help manage glaucoma.

Vision loss from cataracts is reversible, but vision loss from glaucoma is not, so it is vital to closely monitor glaucoma progression so that it can be slowed or stopped as much as possible.

In some cases, we may recommend a combination procedure designed to treat cataracts and glaucoma at the same time. Whether or not this is appropriate for you will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • How bad your cataracts are
  • How many medications you are taking for glaucoma
  • How bad your glaucoma is

Visit us for an appointment and we can talk to you in more depth about the procedures we have available to keep your vision as intact as possible.

Schedule Your Eye Appointment Today

If you suspect you may be suffering from cataracts, glaucoma, or both, don’t hesitate to contact Kirk Eye Center today at 708-771-3334 to schedule your appointment. We serve patients in River Forest, Gurnee, and nearby areas of greater Chicago.