Hydrus microstent compared to selective laser trabeculoplasty in primary open angle glaucoma: one year results

Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2017 Mar;45(2):120-127. doi: 10.1111/ceo.12805. Epub 2016 Aug 24.


Background: To compare the reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) and glaucoma medications following selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) versus stand-alone placement of the Hydrus microstent, a microinvasive glaucoma surgery device.

Design: Prospective interventional case-series. University practice.

Participants: Fifty six eyes (56 patients) with uncontrolled primary open-angle glaucoma.

Methods: Patients received either SLT (n = 25) or Hydrus implantation (n = 31) in two centres. Patients were evaluated at baseline and 1, 7 days, 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after surgery.

Main outcome measures: Intraocular pressure and number of glaucoma medications variations inter-groups and intra-groups.

Results: There were no significant differences at baseline between groups, but the mean deviation was worse in the Hydrus group (-8.43 ± 6.84 dB, confidence limits (CL)-2.8/-3.3 vs.-3.04 ± 0.65 dB, CL-6/-10.8; P < 0.001). After 12 months, there was a significant decrease in IOP and medications in the Hydrus group compared with baseline values. In the SLT group, only the decrease in IOP was significant. There was 3-fold greater reduction in medication use in the Hydrus group compared with SLT (-1.4 ± 0.97 vs.-0.5 ± 1.05, P = 0.001). 47% of patients were medication free at 12 months in the Hydrus group (4% in the SLT group). No complications were recorded in the SLT group. In the Hydrus group, three patients experienced a temporary reduction of visual acuity post-operatively, and two patients had post-operative IOP spikes that resolved within one week.

Conclusions: Both SLT and Hydrus implantation reduced IOP without serious adverse events. Hydrus implantation led to a significant and further reduction in medication dependence at 12 months.

Keywords: Hydrus; SLT; glaucoma; minimally invasive glaucoma surgery; trabecular surgery.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Glaucoma Drainage Implants*
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle / physiopathology
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure / physiology*
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Miniaturization
  • Prospective Studies
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Stents*
  • Time Factors
  • Trabeculectomy / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Visual Acuity*