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    New dual blade can help surgeons lower IOP

    Blade targets trabecular meshwork

     

    Looking at adverse events, about 40% of patients experienced hyphema intra-operatively, but that percentage dwindled to 9% at post-op day one. That percentage is more favorable compared with other trabecular meshwork-focused procedures, Dr. Seibold said. One patient needed additional surgery for uncontrolled IOP.

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    Although other IOP-lowering procedures are also effective, Dr. Seibold said that use of the Kahook blade is the only one that can bypass the trabecular meshwork without an implant, has no moving parts or additional equipment to acquire, and leaves no large remnants of trabecular meshwork behind. Still, head-to-head trials and longer-term outcomes are needed, he added.

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    Leonard K. Seibold, MD

    E: [email protected]

    This article was adapted from Dr. Seibold’s presentation at the 2016 meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Seibold is a consultant for New World Medical.

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