Cataract Quiz Answers: Cataracts Can Cause Glaucoma

Cataracts Can Cause or Worsen Glaucoma. Cataract Surgery Can Help.


Cataracts can cause or worsen glaucoma.

The most common type of cataract is caused by the build-up of protein deposits on the natural crystalline lens in your eye.  As these layers build, they cause the lens to grow larger, harden, and cloud your vision.  If the fluid- exchange system in your eye is compromised, as happens with glaucoma, this cataractous lens can further increase eye pressure.

You might actually experience a reduction in eye pressure, or an ability to change your drop treatment regimen, after cataract surgery.  Talk with your doctor, and explore the link between cataracts and glaucoma.

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