PURPOSE: To compare the 5-year outcomes of the Ahmed FP7 Glaucoma Valve (AGV) (New World Medical, Cucamonga, CA) and the Baerveldt 101-350 Glaucoma Implant (BGI) (Abbott Medical Optics, Abbott Park, IL) for the treatment of refractory glaucoma. DESIGN: Multicenter, randomized, controlled clinical trial. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 276 patients, including 143 in the AGV group and 133 in the BGI group. METHODS: Patients aged 18 to 85 years with previous intraocular surgery or refractory glaucoma and intraocular pressure (IOP) of ≥18 mmHg in whom glaucoma drainage implant (GDI) surgery was planned were randomized to implantation of an AGV or a BGI. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Surgical failure, IOP, visual acuity (VA), use of glaucoma medications, and complications. RESULTS: At 5 years, IOP (mean ± standard deviation [SD]) was 14.7±4.4 mmHg in the AGV group and 12.7±4.5 mmHg in the BGI group (P = 0.015). The number of glaucoma medications in use at 5 years (mean ± SD) was 2.2±1.4 in the AGV group and 1.8±1.5 in the BGI group (P = 0.28). The cumulative probability of failure during 5 years of follow-up was 44.7% in the AGV group and 39.4% in the BGI group (P = 0.65). The number of subjects failing because of inadequately controlled IOP or reoperation for glaucoma was 46 in the AGV group (80% of AGV failures) and 25 in the BGI group (53% of BGI failures; P = 0.003). Eleven eyes in the AGV group (20% of AGV failures) experienced persistent hypotony, explantation of implant, or loss of light perception compared with 22 eyes (47% of failures) in the BGI group. Change in logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution VA (mean ± SD) at 5 years was 0.42±0.99 in the AGV group and 0.43±0.84 in the BGI group (P = 0.97). CONCLUSIONS: Similar rates of surgical success were observed with both implants at 5 years. The BGI produced greater IOP reduction and a lower rate of glaucoma reoperation than the AGV, but the BGI was associated with twice as many failures because of safety issues.
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