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    Micro-stent may be stand-alone option when topical glaucoma therapy fails

    Long-term results showed improved pressure control, decreased medication burden



    Supraciliary micro-stent implantation can serve as a safe and effective stand-alone treatment in patients refractory to topical glaucoma therapy.


    Dr. Nguyen

    La Jolla, CA—Patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG) whose medical therapy has failed, and who are under consideration for trabeculectomy, may find an alternative treatment in a supraciliary micro-stent (CyPass Micro-Stent, Transcend Medical) that lowers and maintains IOP over the long term.

    Implantation of the device also lowers the medication treatment burden and may preclude the need for a more invasive surgery, such as trabeculectomy or a glaucoma drainage device, said Quang H. Nguyen, MD, director of the glaucoma service, Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA.

    More in Special Report: Novel use of endoscope help to visualize hyphema

    To date, a number of studies of the efficacy and safety of the micro-stent have been conducted in more than 1,000 subjects worldwide. Three studies are ongoing: the DUETTE and CYCLE European studies of 65 and 500 patients, respectively, and the U.S. IDE COMPASS study of 505 patients. The 2-year follow-up data from the COMPASS study are expected in 2015.


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