PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety of a new suprachoroidal device, the Cypass micro-stent, for the surgical treatment of open-angle glaucoma (OAG) implanted in conjunction with cataract surgery.
SETTING: Multicenter clinical study.
DESIGN: Prospective interventional case series.
METHODS: This is an interim report of an ongoing safety study. Patients with OAG glaucoma (Shaffer grade 3 and 4) who were also candidates for cataract surgery in the affected eye had standard phacoemulsification followed by micro-stent implantation in the supraciliary space. Included were patients with uncontrolled (≥ 21 mm Hg, Cohort 1) or controlled (<21 mm Hg, Cohort 2) medicated intraocular pressure (IOP) at baseline. Glaucoma medications were discontinued at surgery and resumed at the discretion of each investigator. Measures included adverse events/complications and postoperative changes in IOP or medication.
RESULTS: The mean baseline medicated IOP was 21.1 mm Hg ± 5.91 (SD); the mean number of IOP-lowering medications was 2.1 ± 1.1 (N = 184). There were no major events such as retinal or choroidal detachment or endophthalmitis. The most common complications were transient early hypotony (13.8%) and transient IOP increase (10.5%). Uncontrolled patients (n = 57) had a 37% IOP reduction (P<.001), with more than a 50% reduction in glaucoma medications at 6 months (P<.001). Intraocular pressure-controlled patients (n = 41) had a 71.4% reduction in glaucoma medications (P<.001).
CONCLUSION: Initial clinical experience with the new micro-stent showed a low rate of surgical complications with concomitant decreases in IOP and/or glaucoma medications.