BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of a novel filtering implant, a synthetic meshwork (MESH), with or without heparin or sodium hyaluronate amendment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen eyes of 18 rabbits received MESH surgery. The eyes were divided into three subgroups. Six eyes received the MESH implant with no modification (group 1), 6 eyes received MESH saturated with heparin (group 2), and 6 eyes received MESH with sodium hyaluronate administration into the anterior chamber during surgery (group 3). Intraocular pressure (IOP) and outflow facility were measured during a period of 6 months. RESULTS: The MESH-implanted eyes showed lower IOP and higher outflow facility than control eyes up to postoperative days 119 and 49, respectively (P > .05). Earliest functional failure was seen in group 3 and latest in group 2. CONCLUSION: MESH implant surgery showed a long-term efficacy in reducing IOP. The beneficial effects of added heparin were limited. Sodium hyaluronate administration reduced the efficacy of the implant device.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Ophthalmic Surgery and Lasers|
|State||Published - Aug 1998|
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