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Posted By: johnsimon
Total Posts: 7
Joined Date: 23 Jan 2019

Those with glaucoma are usually not at higher risk to develop cataracts. Cataracts may naturally coexist with glaucoma, have a causative effect on glaucoma, and/or may even be a result of glaucoma surgery.

Posted : 25 Jan 2019
Posted By: Kenneth Amos Gitau
Total Posts: 24
Joined Date: 30 Sep 2017
Wow, You've had quite a bit. I assume you are living in the UK so you are depending on the NHS for your health. I understand waiting lists are very long but take heart that many people in the developing world do not even have the remotest chance of a proper diagnosis and treatment of cataracts. In your case it's maybe due to old age and previous surgeries which resulted in your cataracts. You also mentioned genetic factors. Any other ideas guys?
Posted : 8 Oct 2017
Posted By: rmmack
Total Posts: 218
Joined Date: 5 Jun 2014
Hi. I think there are many causes of cataracts inc heredity, operations, possibly diet, possibly steroids, strong sunlight - a bit of a lottery. I have been pouring in drops for attacks of inflammation and pressure since 1969, was diagnosed with glaucoma in 1988 and my cataracts are rising fast this year especially. My parents did not have glaucoma but both had cataracts in their mid-late 80s. I'm not yet 70. I have had a few ops inc trabs both eyes, tube 1st eye and conjunctival autografts. The appointment I should have had in April, to be followed by another in Aug, is hopefully finally happening next month (yes, I have phoned a time or three to ask what is going on) and I would be very happy if they said Yes, let's operate, can we do it next week? But I needn't hold my breath. Today is a very "foggy" day but tomorrow may be better. Thank goodness I didn't need to drive today - we don't have much public transport and a taxi to hospital is £65 each way. However, I can see that if they have 1 appointment available and have to choose between my cataracts and someone whose pressures are zooming completely out of control as mine did for some time, I can accept the other person's need is more urgent than mine. Not exactly happy about it tho. When my scleritis first popped up in 69, the doc used to say, Just give us a day to get your notes up, then come in - any time, we'll see you. I know the docs would prefer to see me more often, but they just don't have the time or staff. All I can do is hope that they decide it's time to operate, my eyes are operable, and I can get a friend/neighbour to drive me back and fore. I know many people who have had great results from having their cataracts done, so I am crossing fingers, toes, eyes.... no, maybe not eyes!... that things will improve and soon.
Posted : 8 Oct 2017
Posted By: Kenneth Amos Gitau
Total Posts: 24
Joined Date: 30 Sep 2017
Could anyone shed some light on why glaucoma patients develop cataracts? When they remove your lens, what happens to your eye between that point in time and when they place the new one? Ken.
Posted : 7 Oct 2017

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