Scleral fixation of Ahmed glaucoma valve tube tip for adjustment of cornea-touching malposition

K. T. Ma, J. H. Kim, G. J. Seong, D. S. Jang, C. Y. Kim

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PurposeTube-corneal touch occurring after Ahmed glaucoma valve (AGV) implantation is conventionally treated by tube cutting or tube transposition from the original pathway. However, in some cases, tube cutting is insufficient, and rearranging the pathway of the tube through a new sclera tunnel, ciliary sulcus, or pars plana is not feasible, as the conjunctiva and sclera covering the tube are difficult to be redissected. So, we propose a novel technique that repositions malpositioned AGV tube using scleral fixation and its successful applications in two patients with tube-corneal touch.Methods(A) A scleral flap is made at the point for scleral fixation. (B) The anterior chamber is maintained using an anterior chamber maintainer. The incision is made immediately above the tube entering the anterior chamber and the tube end is flipped out using a Sinskey. (C) A double-armed 10/0 prolene straight needle is penetrated through the tube end. The leading needle enters the anterior chamber through the previously made incision and is pulled through the scleral flap. (D) The tube tip and the second needle of the double-armed 10/0 prolene straight needle also enter the anterior chamber through the previously made incision and the second needle is pulled through the scleral flap. The tube end is extended to be parallel to the cornea surface.ResultsPatients maintained good tube positioning without any serious complications during average of 15 months of follow-up after operation.ConclusionWe believe that our method is a simple and minimally invasive surgical method for treating AGV tube touching of the corneal endothelium. However, considering the limited number of cases studied and the short follow-up period, a larger group with a longer follow-up period is necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-25
Number of pages3
JournalEye (Basingstoke)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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