Combined cataract and glaucoma surgery

Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2001 Feb;12(1):41-46. doi: 10.1097/00055735-200102000-00008.


The management of cataract in glaucoma patients has been continuously changing over the past decade. Extracapsular cataract extraction has been replaced by small-incision phacoemulsification with foldable lenses, and in glaucoma surgery, adjunctive antifibrotic therapy based on risk factors for failure has become standard. Furthermore, new techniques in filtering and nonfiltering surgery have been suggested. The techniques, however, change so fast that well-controlled studies with a follow-up of more than 12 months are increasingly seldom. The purpose of this paper is to review the current literature and to point out some new ideas for the future investigation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antimetabolites / therapeutic use
  • Cataract / complications
  • Cataract / therapy*
  • Glaucoma / complications
  • Glaucoma / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Phacoemulsification* / methods
  • Trabeculectomy* / methods


  • Antimetabolites