Can I have glaucoma and cataracts at the same time?
You can suffer from glaucoma and cataracts at the same time. Sometimes having one condition can lead to the other. The main difference between the two eye conditions is that they are caused by different things and lead to different problems.
Glaucoma results from a build-up of fluid and pressure inside your eyeballs. Cataracts develop from an accumulation of broken-down proteins in your eyes that cloud the lens. Glaucoma treatments focus on reducing the fluid build-up in your eye.
While having cataract surgery can restore your vision, if you have vision loss from glaucoma, unfortunately, your eyesight will most likely remain impaired, but you can prevent any further sight loss with proper treatment for glaucoma.
While both cataracts and glaucoma are serious eye conditions, catching them early is the key to preserving your vision. This is why we recommend that you have your eyes tested regularly and if you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms, seek out professional help as soon as you can.
If you lose some of your vision because of glaucoma, it’s likely to be permanent so we don’t recommend that you ignore any of the symptoms/signs mentioned here because this could lead to further sight loss.
If you would like to talk to us about treatments for glaucoma, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions and book a consultation for you.