2007-05: Primary Baerveldt glaucoma implant versus trabeculectomy study
Currently, the only proven treatment of glaucoma is a reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP). Depending on severity, treatment options are medication, laser treatment or trabeculectomy. The latter is considered when other treatment modalities are ineffective. The results of previous studies suggest that a drainage device, such as the Baerveldt implant, may be a good alternative for trabeculectomy. The objective of this study is to demonstrate that compared to trabeculectomy, at 12 months follow-up a Baerveldt implant is not inferior with respect to IOP and is superior with respect to failure. This is a prospective, randomized, parallel group, open-label, monocenter study of patients with glaucoma scheduled for trabeculectomy.