Glaucoma Valve Implantation for Refractory Glaucoma in Kuwait
To assess the outcomes and incidence of postoperative complications of Ahmad Glaucoma Valve implant in eyes with complicated glaucoma performed in Kuwait.
This is a retrospective study done at the Al-Bahar Eye Center in Kuwait. Charts of all patients who underwent Ahmad Glaucoma Valve implant at the Al-Bahar Ophthalmic Center in Kuwait between 2006 and 2009 were reviewed. Surgical success was defined as intraocular pressure less than 22 mmHg and greater than 5 mmHg without additional glaucoma surgery and without loss of light perception.
A total of 33 eyes from 30 patients with complicated glaucoma not responsive to conventional medical and non-implant surgical treatment received Ahmad Glaucoma Valve implant. The success rate was 79% (26 cases). 20/26 (77%) cases of them required antiglaucoma medications. The most common complication was encapsulated bleb (27%) and transient postoperative hypotony was found in 19% of the cases.
Ahmad Glaucoma Valve implant appears to be effective and relatively safe for complicated glaucoma in Kuwait. The success rate is comparable with those reported in other studies.