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Outcomes of Ex-PRESS and Trabeculectomy in a Glaucoma Population of African Origin: One Year Results

Youssef Dib Bustros, Robert Fechtner

Citation Information : Bustros YD, Fechtner R. Outcomes of Ex-PRESS and Trabeculectomy in a Glaucoma Population of African Origin: One Year Results. J Curr Glaucoma Pract 2017; 11 (2):42-47.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10028-1221

License: CC BY 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).



To compare the efficacy and safety of Ex-PRESS glaucoma filtration surgery to trabeculectomy in African origin patients.

Materials and methods

A retrospective chart review was performed on 56 African American patients undergoing Ex-PRESS glaucoma shunt (E) or trabeculectomy (T) between 2004 and 2012. Data collected included intraocular pressure (IOP) and glaucoma medication use at baseline and postoperative week 1, Month (M) 1, M3, M6, M12. Postoperative interventions including laser suture lysis (LSL) and 5FU injections were analyzed. Complete and qualified success rate, and eyes failing and requiring more surgery were determined. Means, SD, chi-square, and Student's t-test were performed.


A total of 56 subjects (E 28, T 28) were included in the analysis. There was a statistically significant reduction (p < 0.05) in IOP and number of glaucoma medications at all time points compared to baseline for both groups. Extent of IOP reduction between groups was not statistically significant at any time point, except postoperative week 1. Mean number of glaucoma medications between groups was not significant, except at 3 months (lower in EXP group). The cumulative number of postoperative interventions within 3 months (LSL and 5-FU) was significantly greater for the TRAB than EXP (3.89 ± 2.4 vs 2.36 ± 2.2, p = 0.007). Success rates were comparable between both groups (Table 2).


Our study is unique in patients of African origin showing statistical significance in the requirement of less postoperative 5-FU injections during the first 3 months following surgery in the Ex-PRESS group vs the trabeculectomy group. The Ex-PRESS shunt was as effective as trabeculectomy in reducing IOP and use of glaucoma medications up to 1 year.

Clinical significance

The possible benefit of this article is to help guiding ophthalmologists to select the type of glaucoma filtration surgery to undergo in an African American patient with glaucoma.

How to cite this article

Bustros YD, Fechtner R, Khouri AS. Outcomes of Ex-PRESS and Trabeculectomy in a Glaucoma Population of African Origin: One Year Results. J Curr Glaucoma Pract 2017;11(2):42-47.

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