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October 1, 2005

Viscocanalostomy Procedures

Arch Ophthalmol. 2005;123(10):1455-1456. doi:10.1001/archopht.123.10.1455-c

With heavy emphasis on an animal study1 (4 monkey eyes with a 1- to 2-month follow-up), Dr Van Buskirk’s editorial, “Dreams of Canalostomies,”2 calls into question the efficacy of the viscocanalostomy procedure for glaucoma in human patients.

This detailed editorial raises many important issues. For example, a deftly cloaked question concerning the validity of the clinical data relating to the procedure raises the issue of clinical study validity. This also raises the issue of the best way to report clinical data.

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