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New Ahmed Valveless Drainage Device Introduced

■ New World Medical announced the launch of the Ahmed ClearPath valveless glaucoma drainage device, available in 2 sizes, 350 mm2 and 250 mm2. A unique feature of the Ahmed ClearPath implant is a flexible plate with a contour that closely conforms to the curvature of the eye. In addition, the suture fixation points are positioned more anteriorly on the device than on other valveless drainage devices. By making the suture points more visible and accessible, the surgeon may find securing this implant to the eye more convenient.

Ahmed ClearPath; image courtesy of New World Medical

The model 350 plate surface is positioned more posteriorly to avoid muscle attachment points, while the model 250 is designed to be a true single-quadrant implant that fits between the muscles. Finally, the device comes with an optional prethreaded ripcord and a 23-gauge needle.