What is it about?

Glaucoma (a group of conditions that damage the optic nerve and lead to blindness, often related to high pressure inside the eye) is a leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. A new minimally invasive angle procedure using a Kahook Dual Blade (KDB) can safely and effectively lower eye pressure, and can easily be combined with cataract surgery. Many minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries are well studied in mild to moderate glaucoma but less is known in severe disease. We have shown for the first time that KDB combined with cataract surgery may be an effective treatment in severe glaucoma and a great alternative to more invasive filtering surgeries often done in severe glaucoma cases.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that KDB goniotomy combined with cataract surgery may be a safe and effective alternative to more invasive glaucoma surgery in patients with severe disease.


The co-authors and I enjoyed writing this publication as it represents a step forward in glaucoma treatment in that even patients with advanced disease may benefit from minimally invasive approaches.

Matthew Hirabayashi
University of Missouri System

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This page is a summary of: Outcome of phacoemulsification combined with excisional goniotomy using the Kahook Dual Blade in severe glaucoma patients at 6 months, Clinical Ophthalmology, April 2019, Dove Medical Press,
DOI: 10.2147/opth.s196105.
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