A Schlemm Canal Microstent for Intraocular Pressure Reduction in Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma and Cataract: The HORIZON Study

Ophthalmology. 2019 Jan;126(1):29-37. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2018.05.012. Epub 2018 Jun 23.


Objective: To compare cataract surgery with implantation of a Schlemm canal microstent with cataract surgery alone for the reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) and medication use after 24 months.

Design: Prospective, multicenter, single-masked, randomized controlled trial.

Participants: Subjects with concomitant primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), visually significant cataract, and washed-out modified diurnal IOP (MDIOP) between 22 and 34 mmHg.

Methods: Subjects were randomized 2:1 to receive a single Hydrus Microstent (Ivantis, Inc, Irvine, CA) in the Schlemm canal or no stent after uncomplicated phacoemulsification. Comprehensive eye examinations were conducted 1 day, 1 week, and 1, 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months postoperatively. Medication washout and MDIOP measurement were repeated at 12 and 24 months.

Main outcome measures: The primary and secondary effectiveness end points were the proportion of subjects demonstrating a 20% or greater reduction in unmedicated MDIOP and change in mean MDIOP from baseline at 24 months, respectively. Hypotensive medication use was tracked throughout the course of follow-up. Safety measures included the frequency of surgical complications and adverse events.

Results: A total of 369 eyes were randomized after phacoemulsification to Hydrus Microstent (HMS) and 187 to no microstent (NMS). At 24 months, unmedicated MDIOP was reduced by ≥20% in 77.3% of HMS group eyes and in 57.8% of NMS group eyes (difference = 19.5%, 95% confidence interval [CI] 11.2%-27.8%, P < 0.001). The mean reduction in 24-month unmedicated MDIOP was -7.6±4.1 mmHg (mean ± standard deviation) in the HMS group and -5.3±3.9 mmHg in the NMS group (difference = -2.3 mmHg; 95% CI, -3.0 to -1.6; P < 0.001). The mean number of medications was reduced from 1.7±0.9 at baseline to 0.3±0.8 at 24 months in the HMS group and from 1.7±0.9 to 0.7±0.9 in the NMS group (difference = -0.4 medications; P < 0.001). There were no serious ocular adverse events related to the microstent, and no significant differences in safety parameters between the 2 groups.

Conclusions: This 24-month multicenter randomized controlled trial demonstrated superior reduction in MDIOP and medication use among subjects with mild-to-moderate POAG who received a Schlemm canal microstent combined with phacoemulsification compared with phacoemulsification alone.

Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01539239.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antihypertensive Agents / administration & dosage
  • Aqueous Humor / physiology
  • Cataract / etiology*
  • Cataract / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle / physiopathology
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle / surgery*
  • Gonioscopy
  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure / physiology*
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular
  • Limbus Corneae / surgery*
  • Male
  • Phacoemulsification / methods*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Prosthesis Implantation
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Stents*
  • Tonometry, Ocular
  • Visual Acuity


  • Antihypertensive Agents

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01539239