Temporal corneal phacoemulsification in filtered glaucoma patients

J. Caprioli, H. J. Park, Ha Kwon Young Ha Kwon, M. Weitzman, Richard K Parrish, D. Minckler, J. T. Flynn, R. Drews, J. Capriolli

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Purpose: To evaluate the effect of temporal clear corneal phacoemulsification on intraocular pressure (IOP) in eyes that had prior trabeculectomy. Design: Retrospective case-control study. Patients: Forty consecutive patients (cases; TRAB-PHACO group) who underwent temporal corneal phacoemulsification subsequent to trabeculectomy were identified. Forty patients (controls; TRAB group) who had trabeculectomy alone were matched to the cases for length of follow-up, age, IOP, number of anti-glaucoma medications, number of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) injections, race, sex and diagnosis. Main outcome measures: Comparison of IOP before and one year after phacoemulsification in the TRAB-PHACO group, and comparison with the TRAB group. Survival analysis of IOP control after trabeculectomy in the TRAB- PHACO and TRAB groups. Results: In the TRAB-PHACO group, IOP one year after phacoemulsification was not significantly different from the pre- phacoemulsification IOP value (p=0.65). Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed that the rates of IOP control at 3, 6 and 9 years after trabeculectomy in the TRAB-PHACO group were 80%, 66% and 44%; in the TRAB group these were 79%, 69% and 55%. These survival curves were hot statistically different (p = 0.55). Conclusions: Cataract surgery by temporal clear corneal phacoemulsification in eyes with filtering blebs after trabeculectomy does not adversely affect long term IOP control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-170
Number of pages18
JournalTransactions of the American Ophthalmological Society
StatePublished - Dec 17 1997
Externally publishedYes


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Caprioli, J., Park, H. J., Young Ha Kwon, H. K., Weitzman, M., Parrish, R. K., Minckler, D., Flynn, J. T., Drews, R., & Capriolli, J. (1997). Temporal corneal phacoemulsification in filtered glaucoma patients. Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society, 95, 153-170.