Advanced Glaucoma Surgery "Ahmed Glaucoma Valve" (AGV) performed

Anil Jacob
Kemmannu News Network, 16-10-2018 16:29:38

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Manipal : Mr. Nayak’s ( name changed) fervent prayers in the recent past has only been that he should not be a burden to his wife and children. He was unfortunate to have glaucoma which was detected in an advanced stage. Glaucoma is known as the ’sneak thief of sight’. There are often no indications of the disease till significant, permanent loss of vision has occurred. He underwent multiple treatments including surgery and eye drop medications, but they failed to bring down the pressure inside the eye (intra ocular pressure) which was the main cause of his glaucoma. His options were dwindling, along with his vision and he soon became blind in one eye. Mr. Nayak underwent this surgery two weeks ago for his one remaining eye at Kasturba Medical College & Hospital, Manipal by Dr. Neetha K.I.R.


Ahmed glaucoma valve is a device designed to bring down the intra ocular pressure. It consists of a silicon tube and plate. The tube is placed inside the eye, diverts the intra ocular fluid outside the eye to a reservoir around the plate, and thus brings down the intraocular pressure. The surgery to implant this device is complex and not easily available in coastal belt. “Ahmed Glaucoma valves are traditionally implanted in eyes with previous surgical scarring and also in complicated glaucoma’s such as neovascular glaucoma, uveitic glaucoma etc. The success rate of AGV surgery is better than the conventional glaucoma surgery i.e. trabeculectomy in such refractory cases”, says Dr. Neetha K.I.R, Assistant professor and Glaucoma specialist at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal.


by Dr. Neetha K.I.R who completed her glaucoma speciality fellowship at Nethradhama Superspeciality Eye hospital, Bangalore obtained advanced training at Regensburg University Hospital, Germany. 


Following the surgery, Mr. Nayak’s vision is retained and his pressures reined in. He also has access to Occupational Therapy at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal that will help people like him who have advanced vision problems, to rehabilitate.


Dr Avinash Shetty Medical Superintendent Kasturba Hospital, Manipal said That “Patients need no longer travel to Bangalore or other cities to get this advanced glaucoma surgery done. This treatment will be available in Manipal for the patients along the coastal belt at fordable costs, added Dr Avinash Shetty”.Dr. Neetha K.I.R can be contacted on Mondays 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Glaucoma Clinic, Department of Ophthalmology, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal; appointment  Phone No: 0820-2922378)



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