Catarcts & Glaucoma Surgery

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by hotham, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. hotham

    hotham Guest

    Hi,

    My 83yr old mother has both cataracts and glaucoma. The fluid pressure
    in her eyes ranges between 24 and 28. Her long standing specialist
    recently suggested a laser operation to relieve the glaucoma.

    She sought a second opinion and the recommendation was to do the
    cataracts only, as probably the pressure will lower itself afterwards.

    Then she went to see a thirds specialist who suggested that she should
    have surgery for both the cataracts and glaucoma together, because in
    his opinion, the fluid pressure raises after a cataracts operation and
    also there is a high risk that debris can block the drainage channels.
    Both felt that in her case the proposed laser surgery would be a waste
    of money and time.

    She is now completely at a loss.

    Any suggestions most welcome and many thanks.

    Best Regards
    Craig
     
    hotham, Mar 9, 2006
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  2. hotham

    CatmanX Guest

    This is what you get from going from one surgeon to another - 3
    opinions.

    Third guy is mostly correct. Laser, presumably a trabeculectomy isn't
    that effective, although does work for some. The best option is
    filtration surgery and cataract surgery done separately, although a
    double procedure can be quite effective.

    Get the best glaucoma guy in your state to do the surgery.

    dr grant
     
    CatmanX, Mar 9, 2006
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  3. hotham

    hotham Guest

    Hi dr grant,

    Many thanks for your reply. I should have added that she is not on eye
    drops because she is allergic and also that she has angle closure
    glaucoma.

    Best Regards
    Craig
     
    hotham, Mar 10, 2006
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  4. hotham

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    I go with the second opinion: the angles should open upon removal of
    the lenses and the pressure should go down.

    DrG
     
    Dr. Leukoma, Mar 10, 2006
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  5. hotham

    CatmanX Guest

    Assuming the diagnosis of angle colsure is correct, then the cataract
    surgery should be all that is needed.

    Make sure the doctor knows what he is talking about.

    dr grant
     
    CatmanX, Mar 10, 2006
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    The Real Bev Guest

    My mom was diagnosed with glaucoma several years after her cataract surgery
    (old style) by the guy who did the surgery. She used the drops for a couple
    of years. Various stuff happened and she went to the Doheny
    opththalmologists, who said her pressure was just fine and she didn't need
    the drops (her pressure has been fine for at least two years now).

    Can glaucoma cure itself?

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    Cheers,
    Bev
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    "Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change,
    the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the
    bodies of the people who pissed me off."
     
    The Real Bev, Mar 14, 2006
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