• AAO OTAC Glaucoma Panel, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care


    A Report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee Glaucoma Panel:
    Teresa C. Chen, MD,1 Philip P. Chen, MD,2 Brian A. Francis, MD,3 Anna K. Junk, MD,4 Scott D. Smith, MD, MPH,5 Kuldev Singh, MD, MPH,6 Shan C. Lin, MD7

    Ophthalmology, November 2014, Vol 121, 2107-2115 © 2014 by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Click here for free access to the OTA.

    Objective: To review the current published literature to evaluate the success rates and long-term problems associated with surgery for pediatric glaucoma.

    Methods: Literature searches of the PubMed and Cochrane Library databases were last conducted in May 2012. The search yielded 838 potentially relevant citations, of which 273 were in non-English languages. The titles and abstracts of these articles were reviewed by the authors, and 364 were selected for possible further review. Members of the Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee Glaucoma Panel reviewed the full text of these articles and used the 36 that met inclusion and exclusion criteria for this Ophthalmic Technology Assessment. There were no studies on the topic that provided level I evidence. The assessment included only level II and level III studies.

    Results: Surgeons treat pediatric glaucoma most commonly with goniotomy, trabeculotomy, trabeculectomy, combined trabeculotomy and trabeculectomy, tube shunt surgery, cyclodestruction, and deep sclerectomy. Certain surgical options seem better for specific diagnoses, such as primary congenital glaucoma, aphakic glaucoma, and glaucomas associated with other ocular or systemic anomalies.

    Conclusions: There are many surgical options for the treatment of the pediatric glaucomas. The relative efficacy of these various procedures for particular diagnoses and clinical situations should be weighed against the specific risks associated with the procedures for individual patients.

    1Harvard Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Glaucoma Service, Boston, Massachusetts
    2Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
    3Doheny Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
    4Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
    5Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    6Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
    7Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California