Abstract

Objective: To report baseline characteristics and surgical outcomes of placement of Baerveldt glaucoma implant (BGI) in Asian eyes with considerably elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) despite maximal medical therapy.


Design: Retrospective case series of surgical cases from a single surgeon. Retrospective review of medical records of last clinic visits.


Participants: One hundred and ninety-seven eyes of patients underwent placement of 350-mm2 Baerveldt implant.


Methods: The medical records of consecutive patients who underwent placement of a Baerveldt 350-mm2 glaucoma drainage device (GDD) at the International Specialist Eye Centre from 2007 to 2014 were reviewed. Patients with a minimum 1-year follow-up were included. Baseline characteristics, pre-operative and post-operative IOP, number of glaucoma medications, visual acuity (VA) and complications were recorded. The pre-operative IOP is compared with the IOP at 1, 2, 3 and 5 years.


Measures: The IOP, VA, supplemental medical therapy, complications and success and failures were recorded.


Results: One hundred and ninety-seven patients were followed up at 1-year post-operation, 157 patients at 2 years, 120 at 3 years and 37 at 5 years. The mean baseline IOP of 29.2 ± 10.6 mmHg was significantly reduced at all time points post-operatively. Mean number of glaucoma medications was significantly lower at last follow-up than pre-operatively (1.8 vs. 2.7).


Conclusions: Placement of GDDs effectively reduces IOP without much long-term complication and may be useful in glaucomatous eyes with considerably elevated pre-operative IOP not well controlled with maximal medical therapy in the Asian population.