June 26, 2013
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Glaucoma implant with scleral buckling effective for glaucoma, retinal detachment

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Combined scleral buckling and Baerveldt implantation was an effective surgical approach in treatment of coexisting glaucoma and retinal detachment, according to a study.

The retrospective, consecutive, interventional case series included 30 eyes of 30 patients who underwent surgery with a scleral buckle and Baerveldt implant (Abbott Medical Optics).

Patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 included 21 patients who underwent a staged approach with placement of the Baerveldt implant plate without intraocular tube insertion. Group 2 included nine patients who underwent a non-staged approach with complete placement of the Baerveldt implant and tube insertion with the scleral buckling procedure.

IOP control had a 90% success rate at 12 months and an 80% success rate at 24 months. Mean follow-up was 27.7 months.

Thirteen of the patients in group 1 needed second-stage tube insertion at a mean of 7 months postoperatively. Mean IOP of these eyes plus the eyes in group 2 decreased from 31.1 mm Hg to 12.7 mm Hg, which was statistically significant (P < .0001).

The mean number of glaucoma medication decreased from 2.9 to 1.2, which was statistically significant (P < .001).