AUG 27, 2019
New World Medical has launched a new valveless glaucoma drainage device designed to streamline insertion and ease manipulation of complex cases.
“With the launch of the Ahmed ClearPath, we are excited to offer glaucoma patients another treatment option while making tube shunt surgery more convenient and efficient for surgeons,” says Bilal Khan, president of New World Medical.
The new device features a flexible, contoured plate that conforms to the eye’s curvature. Two sizes are available: The 350 mm2 features a posterior plate surface to avoid muscle attachment points, while the 250 mm2 is a single quadrant implant that fits between the muscles. Suture fixation points are positioned more anteriorly on the ClearPath than on other valveless drainage devices, making it easier to secure the implant to the eye. The device comes with an optional pre-threaded ripcord and a 23-gauge needle.
“When we suture in this implant, we can see what we’re doing and work more easily than we can with other implants, and I think that ultimately will improve the outcomes of tube shunt surgery,” says Alyson L. Hall, MD, of The Glaucoma Center in Annapolis, Maryland.
The Ahmed ClearPath joins the company’s robust product portfolio, including the Ahmed Glaucoma Valve and the Kahook Dual Blade, used to excise the trabecular meshwork via an ab interno approach in goniotomy procedures.
The ClearPath is now available for purchase in the United States.