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A 60-year-old male asked:

Good afternoon doctors! eye question please. how high does intra-ocular pressure have to be over how long in order to be concerned about glaucoma surgery/treatment? how bad do your eyes have to appear in order to absolutely need cataract surgery?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Individual progress: Normal eye pressure ranges from 12-22 mm Hg. Pressure greater than 22 mm Hg is considered high. When the Intraocular Pressure (IOP) is high it can cause damage to the cornea and the eye leading to Glaucoma. Each person is unique in the time it takes to develop glaucoma from high IOP. The best course is to control the IOP & prevent progression. Cataract replacement is a personal choice.

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