glaucoma drainage devices

ECP provides primary secondary therapy option for glaucomaFor 20 years I have effectively employed endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP) as a primary or secondary line of glaucoma treatment. ECP is a minimally invasive glaucoma surgical (MIGS) option capable of reducing IOP in the majority of patients and can potentially eliminate the need for drainage surgery, including trabeculectomy (trab) and glaucoma drainage devices (GDDs).
Securing grafts without suturesGlaucoma drainage devices aid in controlling IOP by redirecting aqueous from the anterior chamber to an external reservoir to regulate flow. They are typically used for patients who have failed previous surgeries or who have a high likelihood of failing procedures, such as trabeculectomy. While effective, they are traditionally anchored through the use of sutures, which is both time-intensive and may cause complications.
Santen to acquire InnFocus, developer of glaucoma drainage implantSanten Pharmaceutical will soon acquire InnFocus, developer of a glaucoma implant device (InnFocus Microshunt), for $225 million, according to a definitive agreement from the two companies.
MIGS making big difference in glaucoma managementMicroinvasive glaucoma surgery devices already have transformed the management of glaucoma and will have a bigger impact in the future considering the options in the investigational pipeline and the opportunities they present.
Understanding drainage in glaucoma surgery
Understanding drainage in glaucoma surgeryIt is important for optometrists to be familiar with these devices and the rationale behind the device chosen. This article describes what each device is, how they work, complications, and postoperative care.
Glaucoma drainage devices: Location, location, locationWith glaucoma drainage devices gaining in popularity, the implantation technique must be tweaked to achieve the best results with the fewest complications.
Evidence supports move to more use of drainage devices
Combined trabeculectomy-cyclodialysis for glaucomaThe aim of modern glaucoma surgery is to reduce IOP by creating a drainage pathway for aqueous fluid. Trabeculectomy surgery has been modified over the years to prevent certain complications, however some still occur. In this article, the authors present a combined method of trabeculectomy with cyclodialysis as a potential option for glaucoma surgeons.