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Diabetic macular edema outcomes in eyes treated with fluocinolone acetonide 0.2 µg/d intravitreal implant: Real-world UK experience

Lookup NU author(s): Professor David SteelORCiD, Dr Daniela Vaideanu-Collins, Roxane Hillier



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© 2017 The Authors. Purpose: To conduct an observational, multicenter study to evaluate real-world clinical efficacy and safety of the 0.2 µg/day fluocinolone acetonide (FAc) implant in the treatment of patients with chronic diabetic macular edema (DME) in 3 large hospital ophthalmology departments in the United Kingdom. Methods: Fluocinolone acetonide implants were inserted into the study eyes following a suitable washout period; phakic eyes received FAc implant following cataract surgery. Follow-up visits took place 2-4 weeks postinjection and then at 3, 6, and 12 months; change in central macular thickness (CMT) from baseline was measured by optical coherence tomography and best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was also assessed. Adverse events and changes in intraocular pressure (IOP) were recorded in order to evaluate the safety profile for the FAc implant. Results: Improvements in BCVA and CMT were observed from 3 months and sustained for the duration of observation. At 12 months, the overall mean change from baseline CMT was -126 μm and mean increase in BCVA from baseline was 5.1 letters. Increases in IOP following FAc implant were easily managed with IOP-lowering medication. Implant migration into the anterior chamber occurred in 2 eyes where prior vitrectomy had resulted in a posterior capsule defect; this was rectified and resolved. Conclusions: The results of this study provide further efficacy and safety profile data for FAc implant treatment of chronic DME in a real-world clinical setting; the FAc implant appears to be a valuable therapeutic approach for patients with chronic DME who have suboptimal response to other treatment options.

Publication metadata

Author(s): El-Ghrably I, Steel DHW, Habib M, Vaideanu-Collins D, Manvikar S, Hillier RJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Ophthalmology

Year: 2017

Volume: 27

Issue: 3

Pages: 357-362

Print publication date: 11/05/2017

Online publication date: 06/02/2017

Acceptance date: 28/12/2016

Date deposited: 05/06/2017

ISSN (print): 1120-6721

ISSN (electronic): 1724-6016

Publisher: Wichtig Publishing


DOI: 10.5301/ejo.5000929


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