Ms Laura Crawley,
BSc (Hons), MB ChB (Hons) MRCP, FRCOphth
If you have both cataracts and glaucoma
Many of my patients have both cataracts and glaucoma. It is an exciting time for glaucoma patients who need cataract surgery as we have a wide range of micro shunts or drainage devices that can be implanted at the time of cataract surgery to reduce your reliance on glaucoma drops. These micro shunts are like snorkel devices implanted after the cataract part of the operation is complete are safe and effective, adding 10-12 minutes to the procedure time but can mean that you can stop or reduce your pressure-lowering drops after surgery.
Who should I choose for my cataract surgery if I have glaucoma?
For patients on drops, I would encourage you to see a dually trained cataract/glaucoma surgeon like myself who can advise on whether the combined surgery is a good option for you.
It can be disappointing if patients on glaucoma drops have cataract surgery and the possibility of implanting a glaucoma microdevice has not been discussed in advance of the operation meaning further surgery may be needed.