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VOLUME 14 , ISSUE 2 ( May-August, 2020 ) > List of Articles

Original Article

eyeWatch™ System Combined with Non-plated Intraorbital Tube Insertion for the Management of Refractory Glaucoma: A Case Series

Efstathios T Detorakis, Adan Villamarin, Sylvain Roy, Stephane Bigler, Georgios Bontzos, Constantinos Stergiopulos, Nikos Stergiopulos

Citation Information : Detorakis ET, Villamarin A, Roy S, Bigler S, Bontzos G, Stergiopulos C, Stergiopulos N. eyeWatch™ System Combined with Non-plated Intraorbital Tube Insertion for the Management of Refractory Glaucoma: A Case Series. J Curr Glaucoma Pract 2020; 14 (2):64-67.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10078-1276

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 28-01-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Introduction: The eyeWatch™ is a novel device in glaucoma surgery aiming at the control of aqueous flow through the use of an external magnetic control unit. We propose the modification of this approach through the use of an injectable perforated tube rather than a plated valve. Materials and methods: Procedures were performed at the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Crete. Three blind painful eyes of three patients were included. All patients were operated under topical anesthesia. A purpose designed blunt-ended injector was used to insert intraorbitally a perforated 4 cm-long silicone tube. The tube was then connected to an eyeWatch™ device which was placed in a standard fashion along the superior–temporal quadrant of the eyeball. The procedure was uneventful in cases I and II, whereas in case III the tube had to be trimmed by 1.5 cm because of cicatricial changes in the orbit. The eyeWatch™ was left closed (position VI) at the conclusion of surgeries. Patients were examined on the 1-day, 1-week, 2-week, 1-month, 3-month, and 6-month intervals and in one case on the 12-month interval. Results: No major complications were observed. The intraocular pressure (IOP) remained under 15 mm Hg without anti-glaucomatous medications in all postoperative intervals in cases I and 2 with readjustment of eyeWatch™ at position IV. In case III, despite the change of the eyeWatch™ to the open position, the IOP remained high (40 mm Hg). Discussion: The combination of the eyeWatch™ with an insertable perforated tube instead of a standard non-valved plate may prove a valid minimally invasive option. Modifications of the technique, such as an increased number and diameter of tube perforations, increased inserted tube length, perhaps aided by a sharp-ended injector, and selection of the insertion quadrant, may increase the effectiveness of the method. Clinical significance: eyeWatch™ combined with a single tube instead of a plated valve is a feasible, quick, and minimally invasive technique that can be used in glaucoma surgery.

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