Innovations in glaucoma surgery and intraocular lens (IOL) technology are enabling delivery of optimal visual outcomes for glaucoma patients needing cataract surgery, said Steven D. Vold, MD.
“We must not underestimate the negative impact of glaucoma on quality of life,” explained Dr. Vold, founder and CEO, Vold Vision, Fayetteville, AR. “The concerns include visual field loss from glaucoma and issues related to medication use, including side effects and cost.
Now, surgeons have glaucoma procedures that can be combined with cataract surgery to control glaucoma and reduce medication use, which do not induce significant astigmatism that leads to loss of best corrected visual acuity, Vold added.
“In addition, we have toric IOLs that provide a very accurate, safe, and convenient way to correct several diopters of astigmatism and give patients good uncorrected distance vision,” Vold said. “For patients wanting presbyopic correction, there are now IOL options to fit a range of visual needs and including some that do not significantly reduce contrast sensitivity.”