Trabeculectomy with Ex-PRESS implant versus ahmed glaucoma valve implantation-a comparative study

Michael Waisbourd, Naomi Fischer, Hadas Shalev, Oriel Spierer, Elad Ben Artsi, Rony Rachmiel, Gabi Shemesh, Shimon Kurtz

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AIM: To compare the surgical outcomes of trabeculectomy with Ex-PRESS implant and Ahmed glaucoma valve (AGV) implantation. METHODS: Patients who underwent trabeculectomy with Ex-PRESS implants or AGV implantation separately were included in this retrospective chart review. Main outcome measures were surgical failure and complications. Failure was defined as intraocular pressure (IOP) >21 mm Hg or <5 mm Hg on two consecutive visits after 3mo, reoperation for glaucoma, or loss of light perception. Eyes that had not failed were considered as complete success if they did not required supplemental medical therapy. RESULTS: A total of 64 eyes from 57 patients were included: 31 eyes in the Ex-PRESS group and 33 eyes in the AGV group. The mean follow-up time was 2.6 ± 1.1y and 3.3 ± 1.6y, respectively. Patients in the AGV group had significantly higher baseline mean IOP (P =0.005), lower baseline mean visual acuity (VA) (P =0.02), and higher proportion of patients with history of previous trabeculectomy (P <0.0001). Crude failure rates were 16.1%, n=5/31 in the Ex-PRESS group and 24.2%, n=8/33 in the AGV group. The cumulative proportion of failure was similar between the groups P=0.696. The proportion of eyes that experienced postoperative complications was 32.3% in the Ex-PRESS group and 60.1% in the AGV group (P=0.0229). CONCLUSION: Trabeculectomy with Ex-PRESS implant and AGV implantation had comparable failure rates. The AGV group had more post -operative complications, but also included more complex cases with higher baseline mean IOP, worse baseline mean VA, and more previous glaucoma surgeries. Therefore, the results are limited to the cohort included in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1415-1420
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 18 Oct 2016


  • Ahmed glaucoma valve implantation
  • Ex-PRESS glaucoma implant
  • Trabeculectomy


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