ISSN: 2459-1777 | E-ISSN 2587-0394
Volume : 9 Issue : 1 Year : 2024
Assessing the Efficacy of the PAUL Glaucoma Implant in Pseudoexfoliative Glaucoma [Beyoglu Eye J]
Beyoglu Eye J. 2024; 9(1): 26-32 | DOI: 10.14744/bej.2024.96729

Assessing the Efficacy of the PAUL Glaucoma Implant in Pseudoexfoliative Glaucoma

Ali Olgun1, Murat Karapapak2
1West Eye Hospital, Erbil, Iraq
2Department of Ophthalmology, University of Health Sciences, Basaksehir Cam and Sakura City Hospital, Istanbul, Türkiye

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate the outcomes and complications associated with PAUL glaucoma im-plant (PGI) surgery in pseudoexfoliation glaucoma (PXG) patients, comparing them with a primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) control group.
METHODS: A retrospective analysis included 39 PXG and 29 POAG eyes undergoing PGI surgery between January 2020 and December 2022. Surgical success was defined as intraocular pressure (IOP) between ≤21 and ≥6 mmHg at 12 months and no loss of light perception. Demographic data, ocular examinations, and complications were recorded.
RESULTS: PXG patients (68.5±9.9 years) differed significantly in age from POAG patients (54.1±10.6 years) (p<0.05). Surgical success rates at 12 months were 97.4% (PXG) and 86.2% (POAG). No significant inter-group differences in gender, laterality, lens status, vertical cup/disc ratio, or pre-operative best-corrected visual acuity were observed. Mean IOP comparisons showed significant differences within both groups (p<0.001). Ripcord suture removal occurred at mean 30.3±7.43 days (PXG) and 30.6±9.89 days (POAG). Median pre-operative AGM use was 4 (PXG) and 3 (POAG). No sig-nificant differences were noted postoperatively.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate the results of PGI in PXG and POAG, demonstrating a remarkable success rate and limited complications. Encouragingly, PXG patients with a history of unsuc-cessful filtration surgery demonstrated positive outcomes. The findings affirm PGI as a promising surgical intervention for PXG and POAG, exhibiting high success rates and manageable complications.

Keywords: Glaucoma drainage devices, PAUL glaucoma implant, primary open-angle glaucoma, pseudoexfoliation glau-coma, surgical outcomes.

Ali Olgun, Murat Karapapak. Assessing the Efficacy of the PAUL Glaucoma Implant in Pseudoexfoliative Glaucoma. Beyoglu Eye J. 2024; 9(1): 26-32

Corresponding Author: Murat Karapapak, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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