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Esma Islamaj, Caroline P. Jordaan-Kuip, Koen A. Vermeer, Hans G. Lemij, Peter W.T. de Waard; Motility Changes and Diplopia After Baerveldt Glaucoma Drainage Device Implantation or After Trabeculectomy. Trans. Vis. Sci. Tech. 2018;7(5):7. doi: 10.1167/tvst.7.5.7.
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The purpose of this study was to quantify any diplopia and motility changes after the implantation of a Baerveldt glaucoma implant (BGI) or after trabeculectomy (TE).
We analyzed 51 patients with a BGI and 52 patients with a TE from a prospective cohort study. To quantify any diplopia, we asked patients about the presence of diplopia at 1 year after surgery. To quantify any ocular motility changes, we measured ductions in eight gaze directions, the patients' ocular alignment and their fusion range before and 1 year after surgery.
In the BGI group, 14 patients (28%) experienced diplopia compared with one patient (2%) in the TE group (P < 0.001). Duction changes were more commonly observed in the BGI group (35%) than in the TE group (19%). In the BGI group, ductions were mostly restricted in elevation (13%; P < 0.001), in abduction (13%), in elevation in 25° adduction (13%; P = 0.044), and in elevation in 25° abduction (25%; P < 0.001). In 32% of the patients, their near horizontal ocular alignment shifted, notably in exodirection (P = 0.04). The fusion range decreased significantly in the horizontal direction (−12.6° ± 10.3°, mean ± standard deviation; P = 0.01).
BGI surgery was significantly associated with postoperative diplopia and impaired eye motility (reduced ductions), mostly present in abduction, elevation, elevation in 25° adduction, and elevation in 25° abduction. Even without impaired ductions, diplopia could come about.
By studying diplopia across glaucoma patients prospectively with diplopia questionnaires and extensive orthoptic measurements, we gain better insight into its occurrence.
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