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J Cataract Refract Surg. 1988 Nov;14(6):650-3.

Control of intraocular pressure in glaucomatous eyes after extracapsular cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation.

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Department of Ophthalmology UMD, New Jersey Medical School, Newark.


Two hundred sixty eyes of 195 patients having extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) with insertion of a posterior chamber intraocular lens were studied retrospectively. Of these cases, 160 eyes had preexisting glaucoma while 100 had no ocular pathology except for cataract. Intraocular pressure decreased significantly after ECCE in both groups and slowly returned to baseline within two years. The average postoperative visual acuity was better in the control group than in the glaucoma group. Patients with glaucoma were controlled with less medication after surgery. We believe that ECCE with insertion of a posterior chamber intraocular lens can be safely performed in glaucoma patients and has a beneficial effect on the control of glaucoma.

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