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Am J Ophthalmol. 2006 Feb;141(2):390-391.

Clinical experience with the double-plate Ahmed glaucoma valve.

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Hamilton Eye Institute, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee 38163, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of the double-plate Ahmed Glaucoma Valve.

DESIGN:

Multicenter, retrospective observational case series.

METHODS:

We reviewed 50 eyes in 50 patients treated with the double-plate Ahmed Glaucoma Valve with mean follow-up of 11.7+/-7.9 months.

RESULTS:

Average intraocular pressure was reduced from 36.0+/-12.4 mm Hg before surgery to 15.8+/-7.7 mm Hg at the most recent follow-up after surgery (P<.001). The number of glaucoma medications was decreased from 3.3+/-0.8 before surgery to 1.4+/-1.4 after surgery (P<.001). The percent of success was 76% of eyes at the latest follow-up. Choroidal effusion occurred in four eyes (8%) and did not require surgical treatment in any eye.

CONCLUSIONS:

Despite a poor prognosis group of patients in this study, the double-plate Ahmed Glaucoma Valve was effective in lowering intraocular pressure with a low incidence of complications associated with hypotony.

PMID:
16458705
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajo.2005.08.036
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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