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    Exploring safety, efficacy of high-intensity focused ultrasound in glaucoma

    New circular cyclocoagulation technique is noninvasive, repeatable and relatively pain-free

     

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    The mean preoperative IOP was 34.4 ± 9.6 mm Hg. Four months after the first UCP treatment, the overall IOP reduction was 27.9%. Fifteen of the treated eyes did not achieve the complete success and a second treatment was performed.

    Four months after the second UCP procedure took place, IOP declined by 21.9 % from preoperative values and by 34.6% from baseline. Complete success was not achieved in nine of the retreated eyes and, therefore, a third treatment was performed.

    Four months after the third UCP treatment, the overall IOP reduction was 36.5% and 52.2% from baseline. At 12 months, complete success was achieved in 80% (24/30) of treated eyes that had undergone the maximum of three procedures, and there was a significant reduction of hypotensive medications.

    No major complications occurred during and after any of the procedures.

    Dr Antonio Toso

    Dr Antonio Toso is the director of the Vitreo?Retinal Surgery Unit in the Ophthalmic Department of the St Bassiano Hospital in ...

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