Ologen augmentation of Ahmed valves in pediatric glaucomas

Adam Jacobson, Brenda L. Bohnsack*

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Background: We previously showed that Ologen increased success and survival rates of Ahmed glaucoma devices in a small number of children. The current study analyzed the same surgical technique in an expanded cohort. Methods: Retrospective interventional case series of children who underwent Ologen augmentation of Ahmed glaucoma device (OAGD) from 2018 to 2021 with ≥6 months’ postoperative follow-up. Complete success was defined as intraocular pressure (IOP) of 5–20 mm Hg without glaucoma medications or additional IOP-lowering surgeries. Complete or qualified success was defined as above, except that IOP control was maintained with or without glaucoma medications. Results: A total of 26 eyes of 18 patients underwent OAGD at a median age of 2.0 years. Diagnoses included primary congenital glaucoma (5 eyes) and glaucoma secondary to nonacquired ocular anomalies (9 eyes), nonacquired systemic anomalies (8 eyes), and acquired conditions (4 eyes). Seventeen eyes had ≥1 prior eye surgery (average, 1.6 ± 0.9 surgeries per eye). Preoperative IOP was 29.4 ± 9.9 mm Hg on an average of 2.7 ± 1.0 glaucoma medications. At final follow-up (1.3 ± 1.0 years; median 1.0), IOP (13.4 ± 4.7 mm Hg) and number of glaucoma medications (0.3 ± 0.7, median 0) were significantly decreased (P < 0.0001). Complete success was achieved in 77% of eyes (20/26); Kaplan Meier analysis showed 1- and 3-year survival rates of 82% (95% CI, 59-93) and 60% (95% CI, 25-83), respectively. Complete or qualified success was achieved in 100% of eyes (26/26) at final follow-up. There were no visually devastating complications. Conclusions: OAGD showed a high rate of success defined by decreased IOP and medication dependency in our study cohort of pediatric glaucoma patients.[Formula

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122.e1-122.e6
JournalJournal of AAPOS
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Ophthalmology


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