New options for combined cataract and glaucoma surgery

Donald L. Budenz, Steven J. Gedde

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the current literature regarding the effectiveness and risks of new surgeries that can be combined with phacoemulsification in the management of cataract and glaucoma. RECENT FINDINGS: Surgical options for concurrently managing cataract and glaucoma have expanded in recent years. Endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation, trabecular micro-bypass stent, ab interno trabeculectomy, and canaloplasty may be performed in conjunction with cataract extraction to provide additional intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction. Studies evaluating these new glaucoma procedures combined with phacoemulsification generally include retrospective case series without a comparison group. Because cataract surgery alone is associated with IOP reduction, the relative contribution of the glaucoma procedure in lowering IOP cannot be determined in these studies. Randomized clinical trials are needed to better evaluate the efficacy and safety of newer glaucoma procedures in combination with cataract surgery. SUMMARY: The newer glaucoma procedures appear less effective than trabeculectomy, but they are associated with a lower risk of surgical complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent opinion in ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014


  • cataract surgery
  • glaucoma surgery
  • phacoemulsification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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