Update on aqueous shunts

Steven J Gedde, Richard K Parrish, Donald L. Budenz, Dale K. Heuer

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Medicare claims data and surveys of the American Glaucoma Society membership show that aqueous shunts are being increasingly utilized in the surgical management of glaucoma. New clinical trials data have identified differences in the efficacy and safety of shunts in common use. Recent studies have reported comparable results with trabeculectomy and aqueous shunts in similar patient groups. Intraoperative and postoperative complications may develop with aqueous shunt surgery related to the implantation of a foreign material. Several modifications in surgical technique have been directed toward improving surgical success, reducing complications, and optimizing efficiency and cost.



  • Aqueous shunts
  • Glaucoma drainage devices
  • Glaucoma surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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