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      Wound Healing Modulation in Glaucoma Filtration Surgery– Conventional Practices and New Perspectives: Antivascular Endothelial Growth Factor and Novel Agents (Part II)

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          Glaucoma filtration surgery is regularly performed for the treatment of glaucoma and trabeculectomy is often regarded as the ‘gold standard' glaucoma operation. The biggest risk of failure of the operation is bleb scarring. The advent of antifibrotic agents, such as mitomycin C (MMC) and 5-fluorouracil (5FU) has vastly prolonged the longevity of the bleb, but concerns remain regarding the potential increase in postoperative complications. More selective therapeutic targets have therefore been explored. One of these is vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibition. VEGF inhibition has a role not only in subconjunctival angiogenesis inhibition but also it has direct anti-fibrotic properties. Newer pharmacological compounds and materials have also been developed in recent years in attempt to modulate the wound healing in different ways after glaucoma surgery. These include physical barriers to scarring and vehicles for sustained release of pharmacological agents, and early promising results have been demonstrated. This two-part review will provide a discussion of the application of anti-fibrotic agents in glaucoma filtration surgery and evaluate the newer agents that have been developed.

          How to cite this article: Fan Gaskin JC, Nguyen DQ, Ang GS, O'Connor J, Crowston JG. Wound Healing Modulation in Glau coma Filtration Surgery–Conventional Practices and New Pers pectives: Antivascular Endothelial Growth Factor and Novel Agents (Part II). J Curr Glaucoma Pract 2014;8(2):46-53.

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                J Curr Glaucoma Pract
                J Curr Glaucoma Pract
                Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice
                Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers
                May-Aug 2014
                12 June 2014
                : 8
                : 2
                : 46-53
                Glaucoma Fellow, Glaucoma Investigation and Research Unit, Centre for Eye Research, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
                Consultant, Department of Ophthalmology, Mid Cheshire Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust, Cheshire; Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, UK
                Consultant, Glaucoma Investigation and Research Unit, Centre for Eye Research, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
                Consultant, Glaucoma Investigation and Research Unit, University Hospital Limerick, Ireland
                Professor, Glaucoma Investigation and Research Unit, Centre for Eye Research, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
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                Jennifer C Fan Gaskin, Glaucoma Fellow, Glaucoma Investigation and Research Unit, Centre for Eye Research, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Phone: 0061406494994, e-mail: drjfan@gmail.com
                Copyright © 2014; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.

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