We describe the use of a new instrument designed to create a simultaneous goniopuncture with diathermy using an ab-interno technique. The goniodiathermy ab-interno procedure was first performed on three eyes of three cynomolgus monkeys. Intraocular pressure (IOP) assessment and histologic examination were performed over a 10-day period. A functioning filtration bleb with a patent sclerostomy was achieved in all of the experimental eyes. A pilot study involving four eyes of four glaucoma patients also was performed. Of these four, successful long-term functioning filtration areas with adequate lowering of IOP were achieved in only two. The remaining two required further surgical intervention. Although combining goniopuncture and diathermy into a one-step ab-interno procedure proved successful in the primates studied, the preliminary use of this new instrument as a method of creating a filter in humans raises questions regarding its clinical usefulness.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - 1994|
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