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Post-cataract outcomes in patients with noninfectious posterior uveitis treated with the fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant

Authors Sheppard, Jr. J, Nguyen, Usner, Comstock TL

Received 20 July 2011

Accepted for publication 5 October 2011

Published 11 January 2012 Volume 2012:6 Pages 79—85

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S24397

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Peer reviewer comments 2


John D Sheppard Jr1, Quan Dong Nguyen2, Dale W Usner3, Timothy L Comstock3, for the Fluocinolone Acetonide Uveitis Study Group
1Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, USA; 2Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA; 3Bausch and Lomb Incorporated, Rochester, NY, USA

Purpose: To describe visual acuity (VA) and inflammation following cataract surgery in eyes with noninfectious posterior uveitis (NIPU) that were being treated with a fluocinolone acetonide (FA) intravitreal implant compared with those that were not.
Design: Post hoc, subgroup analysis of data from a 3-year, dose-masked, randomized, multicenter trial evaluating the FA implant for the treatment of NIPU.
Participants and controls: The subset of eyes that underwent cataract surgery during the 3-year trial. Eyes were either implanted with a 0.59- or a 2.1-mg FA implant, or, in the case of affected fellow eyes, received standard-of-care local treatment.
Main outcome measures: VA, anterior and posterior chamber inflammation at 1 and 3 months after surgery, and rate of uveitis recurrence and serious postoperative ocular adverse events.
Results: Of 278 patients enrolled in the main trial, 132/142 phakic implanted eyes and 39/186 phakic non-implanted eyes underwent cataract surgery. Mean improvement in VA was significantly greater in implanted than non-implanted eyes at 1 (P = 0.0047) and 3 months (P = 0.0015) postoperatively; significantly fewer anterior chamber cells were seen in implanted than non-implanted eyes at 1 (P = 0.0084) and 3 months (P = 0.0002). Severity of vitreous haze was less in implanted than non-implanted eyes at 3 months postoperatively (P = 0.0005). The postsurgical uveitis recurrence rate was lower in implanted than non-implanted eyes (26.5% vs 44.4%; P = 0.0433). Glaucoma was reported in 19.7% of implanted eyes and no non-implanted eyes (P = 0.0008) postoperatively.
Conclusion: In this post hoc subgroup analysis, eyes with NIPU treated with the FA intravitreal implant demonstrated better vision and less intraocular inflammation following cataract surgery than non-implanted eyes. Recurrent uveitic inflammation did not appear to be triggered by cataract surgery. Glaucoma occurred more frequently in implanted eyes.

Keywords: cataract surgery, posterior chamber inflammation, glaucoma, intraocular pressure, visual acuity, steroid implant

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