European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Meeting
European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Meeting
October 08, 2013
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Combined MICS, stent implantation sustains lowered IOP at 3 years

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AMSTERDAM — Implantation with a single stent during microincisional cataract surgery produces a sustained, safe and effective surgical glaucoma treatment, according to one surgeon’s experience reported at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting here.

With 3 years of postoperative study data on patients with either open-angle glaucoma or pseudoexfoliative glaucoma and needing cataract surgery, Tobias H. Neuhann, MD, said that IOP was significantly reduced, resulting in 79% of patients at 16 mm Hg or less at month 36 and 74% being medication-free.

Tobias H. Neuhann, MD

Tobias H. Neuhann

Neuhann’s 3-year postoperative data were collected on 22 eyes that underwent MICS phacoemulsification and implantation of a single iStent (Glaukos).

“We didn’t separate the open-angle glaucoma patients from the pseudoexfoliative glaucoma patients,” Neuhann said. “Later on, I saw that the pseudoexfoliation patients took just a little bit longer to get a good result than the open-angle glaucoma patients.”

Visual acuity was typical for MICS, he said: 95% of patients had visual acuity of 20/40 or better.

Disclosure: Neuhann has no relevant financial disclosures.