Glaucoma Drainage Implants

Steven J. Gedde, Huda Sheheitli, Donald L. Budenz

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Glaucoma drainage implants are generally used to manage medically uncontrolled glaucoma when trabeculectomy has failed or is unlikely to succeed. All glaucoma drainage implants consist of a tube that connects to an end plate. Drainage implants differ in their design with respect to the size, shape, and material composition of the end plate, and whether a valve is present or absent. A similar surgical technique is used for placement of all glaucoma drainage implants. The surgical results that are achieved after implant surgery depend upon the type of glaucoma treated and type of implant used. Intraoperative and postoperative complications may develop with glaucoma drainage implant surgery related to implantation of a foreign body.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAlbert and Jakobiec's Principles and Practice of Ophthalmology
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783030426347
ISBN (Print)9783030426330
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

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  • Glaucoma drainage implant
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • Tube shunt


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