There is a side benefit of cataract surgery for those patients who have high eye pressure or IOP or even glaucoma. Cataract surgery seems to actually lower eye pressure in these two groups of patients in proportion to how high the eye pressure was before their cataract surgery.
Dr. Sam Solish, MD
Research on Cataract Surgery & Eye Pressure
Researchers reporting in Current Opinion in Ophthalmology reviewed the effect that cataract surgery had on eye pressure-or intraocular pressure (IOP). This is important, as it is believed that some 20% of patients with cataracts either have somewhat high IOP or actually have glaucoma. From their review of the data, they conclude 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.
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