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Ocul Immunol Inflamm. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2013 March 28.
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PMCID: PMC3610172

Hypotony in Patients with Uveitis: The Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial

H. Nida Sen, MD, MHSc,1 Lea T. Drye, PhD,2 Debra A. Goldstein, MD,3 Theresa A. Larson, MD,1 Pauline T. Merrill, MD,4 Peter R. Pavan, MD,5 John D. Sheppard, MD, MMSc,6 Alyce Burke, MPH,2 Sunil K. Srivastava, MD,7 and Douglas A. Jabs, MD, MBA2,8,9, for the Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial Research Group



To assess the prevalence of hypotony in patients with severe forms of uveitis.


The Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial, a randomized study, enrolled 255 patients. Patients with hypotony at the baseline visit were identified.


Twenty (8.3%) of 240 patients with sufficient data had hypotony. Hypotony was more common in patients with uveitis ≥5 years duration (odds ratio [OR] = 5.0; p < .01), and in eyes with a history of ocular surgery (vitrectomy vs. none, OR = 3.1; p = .03). Hypotony was less in patients with older age of uveitis onset (>51 years vs. <51 years, OR = 0.1; p = .02), in Caucasian patients (OR = 0.1; p < .01) compared to African American patients. Hypotonous eyes were more likely to have visual impairment (OR = 22.9; p < .01).


Hypotony is an important complication of uveitis and more commonly affects African-American patients, those with uveitis onset at a younger age, and those with longer disease duration. It is associated with visual impairment.

Keywords: hypotony, multicenter uveitis steroid treatment trial, uveitis, visual impairment, visual loss

Ocular hypotony is a well-recognized complication of uveitis that is associated with substantial visual loss. The definition of ocular hypotony has varied from an intraocular pressure (IOP) <6 to <8 mm Hg with most of the deleterious effects occurring at an IOP of <4 mm Hg.1 In addition to chronic uveitis, hypotony can occur secondary to vitreoretinal or filtering surgery, trauma, or chronic retinal detachment.1,2 Acute hypotony associated with acute intraocular inflammation is believed to be secondary to decreased ciliary body secretion or increased uveoscleral outflow, and typically is reversible.3 Chronic hypotony, however, often is irreversible and may be due to atrophy of ciliary processes, resulting in decreased aqueous production, or cyclitic membranes, leading to ciliary body detachment or tractional cyclodialysis and thereby increasing outflow. Hypotony can be associated with structural complications such as hypotony maculopathy, optic nerve edema, and choroidal folds and often is associated with poor prognosis, ultimately leading to phthisis bulbi.4,5

Hypotony is an uncommon complication of uveitis, but its prevalence has been reported to be as high as 10%, and it may be more common in childhood uveitis, especially in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)-associated uveitis.610 Chronic uveitic hypotony has been associated with poor visual outcomes both in children and adults.10,11 Various surgical and medical treatment methods have been employed in an attempt to reverse chronic hypotony, most with transitory effect and modest success. These treatments include topical ibopamine (a dopaminergic agonist), intravitreal injection of corticosteroids or viscoelastic material, and surgical measures, such as pars plana vitrectomy with ciliary membrane removal and intraocular gas or silicone oil use.1220 Because therapeutic options are limited, prevention of hypotony and recognizing associated risk factors are important. Despite the difficulty of its treatment and its serious visual consequences, there are limited data on the risk factors associated with hypotony in patients with uveitis.


The MUST Trial

The MUST Trial is a randomized, clinical trial comparing the fluocinolone acetonide intraocular implant with standard systemic therapy (systemic corticosteroids and immunosuppressive medications) for the treatment of noninfectious, recently active intermediate, posterior, or panuveitis. The methods for the MUST Trial have been published elsewhere.21 At baseline, each study subject’s uveitis was classified by type according to SUN criteria22 as intermediate, posterior, or panuveitis; visual acuity, intraocular pressure, complete ophthalmic examination, and a detailed ocular and medical history were recorded. The study enrolled 255 patients at 23 clinical centers in the United States (21 centers), United Kingdom, and Australia.

Hypotony was defined as an eye with an IOP of ≤7 mm Hg at the baseline visit or an eye with a history of hypotony and an IOP ≤9 mm Hg at the baseline visit. Because the low IOP after glaucoma surgery often is directly related to the surgery, as opposed to the uveitis, and at times may be considered a good result, eyes with history of glaucoma surgery were excluded from this analysis.


Best-corrected visual acuity was measured in standard letters using the Early Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) logarithmic charts.23 Intraocular pressure was measured twice by certified study staff using Goldman applanation, and was repeated a third time if the two measurements differed by ≥2 mm Hg. Ophthalmic exam findings, including gonioscopy, slit-lamp exam (anterior chamber cells and flare, presence of posterior or anterior synechiae, iris abnormalities, inflammatory activity, lens status), dilated fundus exam (inflammatory activity, optic nerve abnormalities, structural complications such as macular edema, epiretinal membrane, and optic nerve edema) all were recorded at baseline according to standard study procedures. A detailed treatment history spanning 30 days prior to enrollment also was recorded.


Both person-specific and eye-specific analyses were performed on data collected as of 1 June 2010. For the person-level analysis, a participant was counted as having hypotony if either eye met the definition of hypotony as described above. The relationship between person-level demographic and clinical characteristics and hypotony was examined using univariate logistic regression, i.e., each characteristic was examined separately without control for other characteristics. For the eye-level characteristics, the relationship between the eye-specific clinical characteristics and hypotony in the eye was examined using logistic regression with generalized estimating equations (GEE) and robust variance estimation to account for potential within-person, between-eye correlations. Analyses were performed with SAS/STAT software, Version 9.2 of the SAS System for Windows (Copyright © 2002–2010 SAS Institute Inc, Cary, NC, USA). For both the person-specific and eye-specific analyses, multivariate models were not considered appropriate due to the small number of cases of hypotony and the co-linearity of the risk factors, and they were not performed.


Among 255 patients enrolled in MUST Trial, 3 people were excluded from this analysis because the hypotony was in the nonuveitic eye, and 1 person was excluded because baseline IOP was not collected. Eleven patients were excluded because of a history of glaucoma surgery. Among 474 eyes (251 patients) with sufficient data, 441 eyes (220 patients) without history of glaucoma surgery were identified. Of these, 20 patients with hypotony were identified (8.3%); hypotony was bilateral in 3 patients (15%). There were 23 eyes (5.2%) with and 418 eyes without hypotony.

Characteristics of persons with hypotony are summarized in Table 1. Mean age at the time of randomization, smoking status, and laterality of uveitis were comparable between patients with and without hypotony. Older age at uveitis onset (≥51 years) was associated with lower odds of having hypotony (odds ratio [OR] = 0.1; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.0–0.6; p = .02) compared to those with younger age at onset. Duration of uveitis ≥5 years prior to baseline as compared to shorter duration of uveitis was more likely to be associated with hypotony (OR = 5.0; 95% CI, 1.7–14.2; p < .01). The odds of hypotony were lower among Caucasian patients (OR = 0.1; 95% CI, 0.1–0.4; p < .01) and among patients of Hispanic or other ethnicity (OR = 0.2; 95% CI, 0.0–0.9; p = .04) when compared with African-American patients. The stratum of uveitis type (intermediate vs. posterior/panuveitis) was not significantly different between patients with and without hypotony (Table 1).

Characteristics of persons with hypotony at baseline.

Ocular characteristics of eyes with hypotony are shown in Table 2. Mean IOP was 4.6 mm Hg among eyes with hypotony and 14.8 mm Hg among eyes with no hypotony (median: 4.5 and 14.5 mm Hg, respectively). Prior history of ocular hypertension or overall disease activity at the baseline visit was not significantly different between hypotonous and nonhypotonous eyes. When the level of inflammation was evaluated separately in terms of aqueous cells or flare and vitreous cells or haze, the odds of hypotony were higher in eyes with anterior chamber flare of +1 or more (OR = 6.1; 95% CI, 1.8–20.8; p < .01). Of the specific uveitis diagnoses, the odds of hypotony were higher in eyes with pars planitis (OR, 2.8; 95% CI, 1.1–7.2; p = .04). In addition, presence of ocular features, such as angle closure, peripheral anterior synechiae, iris abnormalities (i.e., posterior synechiae, iris atrophy, iridocorneal touch), and pseudophakia or aphakia, were all associated with higher odds of hypotony (p ≤ .02). Choroidal folds or effusion were also significantly associated with hypotony (OR = 13.6; 95% CI, 2.7–69.6; p < .01). There was no significant difference in the odds of hypotony in those eyes with and without macular edema as measured by OCT (OR = 0.7; 95% CI, 0.2–2.7; p = .70).

Characteristics of eyes with hypotony at baseline.

Eyes with history of vitrectomy were more likely to have hypotony (OR = 3.1; 95% CI, 1.1–8.4; p = .03). Eyes with hypotony were more likely to have visual acuity of 20/50 or worse (visual impairment) (OR = 22.9; 95% CI, 3.8–139.7; p < .01).


The reported prevalence of hypotony has ranged between 1.2 and 10% in patients with uveitis, and it varies based on the type of uveitis. Much of the information about the prevalence of hypotony comes from pediatric uveitis cohorts, where the prevalence is higher than in adults.611,24 The lower estimate of the prevalence of hypotony of 1.2% was in an unselected cohort of patients with uveitis and may be more generalizable.24 The baseline prevalence of 8.3% in the MUST Trial is among the higher estimates, but the trial enrolled patients at tertiary care referral centers for whom systemic corticosteroid therapy was indicated. This combination of potential referral and selection biases likely resulted in more severe cases being enrolled in the trial, thus leading to a higher proportion of patient with a low IOP.

Hypotony is believed to be a result of chronic, longstanding inflammation and is reported to be more common in childhood-onset uveitis.79,11 Previous studies have shown higher rates of hypotony in children, particularly JIA-associated uveitis, which is typically an anterior uveitis.79,11 However, the rate of hypotony has been reported to be much lower in anterior uveitis in adults compared to anterior uveitis in children.6,9,10 The MUST Trial did not enroll patients with only anterior uveitis and thus had no data on the relative proportions of patients with hypotony between anterior and other anatomic locations of uveitis. In addition, there was no association of hypotony with the anatomical stratum of the uveitis; the proportions of eyes with intermediate, posterior or panuveitis in the hypotony and nonhypotony groups were comparable. Although only adolescent and adult patients were enrolled in the MUST Trial, younger age at onset still was associated with hypotony. Similarly, a longer duration of uveitis, which could be co-linear with younger age of onset and a potential confounder, was associated with hypotony. There were more women than men with hypotony, which was of borderline significance (p = .06). Whether gender is associated with hypotony is unclear; some studies have reported a significant association between gender and structural complications or poor outcomes,6,25 whereas others have found no significant difference.26,27

We found an association between hypotony and sarcoidosis in the African-American subset of patients. In one cohort of patients with sarcoidosis-associated uveitis, hypotony was seen in 1.2% at presentation.24 In the present study, both sarcoidosis and African-American race were significantly associated with hypotony. Sarcoidosis has been reported to be three to four times more common in African-Americans than in Caucasians,28 and it also has been reported that African-American patients tend to have more severe sarcoidosis than do most Caucasian patients.29 In the MUST Trial, all of the patients in the hypotony group with sarcoidosis were African-American. Due to the small number of patients and clustering we were unable to verify the role of sarcoidosis independent of race. Nevertheless, among the participants without sarcoidosis the proportion of eyes with hypotony was higher in the African American participants (16.0%) than among those from other races (4.3%).

Prior vitrectomy and cataract surgery (pseudophakia/aphakia) both were significantly associated with hypotony in our study. It is possible that the association with prior surgery is due to factors other than the surgery itself, and that prior surgery may be a marker for disease duration or severity. However, even among the subset of patients with longer disease duration, a history of vitrectomy or cataract surgery still was associated with higher likelihood of hypotony, suggesting that prior surgery is not a marker for disease duration. It remains possible that cataract surgery and vitrectomy are markers for more severe disease and may not be independent risk factors. Similarly, the fact that anterior and posterior segment structural changes (i.e., angle closure, peripheral anterior synechiae, iris abnormalities, choroidal folds or effusion) were more common in hypotonous eyes also is suggestive that hypotony is associated with more severe disease.

Visual impairment (acuity 20/50 or worse) was significantly and strongly associated with hypotony, with an odds ratio of nearly 23, and may be a result of the effects of hypotony or of the attendant ocular complications or a combination of these factors. Other studies also have suggested an association between hypotony and poor visual acuity,911 making its prevention an important goal of therapy.

Evidence suggests that hypotony in uveitis is caused mainly by a decrease in aqueous production rather than an increase in outflow.4 However, in experimental uveitis models increased levels of prostaglandins were associated with increased outflow and hypotony.30 It is possible that sustained levels of prostaglandin in eyes with long-standing, poorly controlled inflammation may be contributing to hypotony by an increased outflow in addition to ciliary body damage. In patients with chronic uveitis, hypotony is seen much more often among those with long-standing disease and may represent the effects of past events, making it difficult to show an association between current inflammation and hypotony. As such, although some studies suggest that immunosuppressive drug therapy can reduce the risk of hypotony, there are no good data linking the severity of inflammation with the risk of hypotony.9,10 Similarly, in our study, we were not able to demonstrate a statistically significant association between active inflammation (as assessed by intraocular cells or chorioretinal lesions) and hypotony. However, such relationships likely can only be assessed adequately by long-term follow-up studies with time-updated longitudinal data, integrating the effects of both severity and chronicity of the inflammation. Anterior chamber flare was associated with hypotony. Flare in an eye with hypotony may be the consequence of the low IOP and hydrostatic forces, particularly with acute disease, but it also can be a marker for chronic undertreated disease leading to vascular damage and subsequent hypotony. Although not evident directly from the current study, these data suggest the likely importance of aggressive treatment of chronic inflammation.

There are limitations to our study, and the results should be interpreted with caution. The MUST Trial is not a population-based study, and it included patients referred to selected tertiary care centers for a clinical trial. It enrolled only patients for whom systemic therapy might be indicated and did not enroll patients with isolated anterior uveitis. Therefore, the results are not generalizable to all patients with uveitis; however, the results are representative of patients with severe intermediate, posterior, or panuveitis for whom systemic corticosteroid therapy is indicated. Although there are evident referral and selection biases compared to a population-based study, these biases may not affect substantially the evaluation of risk factors associated with hypotony among patients with severe uveitis. These data come from a cross-sectional analysis of baseline data and do not include longitudinal follow-up data. Risk factors identified are associations and do not prove causality. Most importantly, small numbers and the co-linearity of the factors in this cohort did not allow multivariate analyses, in which confounding factors could be accounted for and clearer associations could be drawn. We cannot exclude the fact that some of these associations may be driven by other unaccounted factors or by pure chance due to multiple comparisons. Although hypotony typically has been assessed as one of the structural complications in some cohort studies, there are few data on risk factors associated with hypotony. This study confirms many of the preexisting clinical suspicions about clinical findings associated with hypotony. It has been an impression among clinicians that hypotony is a consequence of severe and/or undertreated uveitis, and that patients need to be treated aggressively to prevent structural complications, such as hypotony, and the attendant poor vision.9,10 Patients with the characteristics identified in this study may need to be treated more aggressively to prevent hypotony. Identification of risk factors for hypotony through longitudinal data is crucial for the development of better preventive or therapeutic approaches.


Funding/support: Supported by cooperative agreements from the National Eye Institute to Mount Sinai School of Medicine (U10 EY 014655), the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (U10 EY 014660), and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Medicine (U10 EY 014656). Dr Sen’s work is supported by the National Eye Institute Intramural Research Program.

Other acknowledgments: See the credit roster in the appendix.


Participating Clinical Centers

Duke Eye Center, Durham, NC: Glenn J. Jaffe, MD (Director); Brenda Branchaud, COT; Shelley Day, MD; Annie Lee, MD; Cindy Skalak, RN, COT; Megan Wood, MS, COA. Former Members: Claxton Baer, MD; Joyce Bryant, COT; Sai Chavala, MD; Michael Cusick, MD; Pouya Dayani, MD; Justis Ehlers, MD; Muge Kesen, MD Alex Melamud, MD; Jawad A. Qureshi, MD; Adrienne Williams Scott; Robert F. See, MD; Robert K. Shuler, MD.

Emory University, Atlanta, GA: Steven Yeh, MD (Director); Alcides Fernandes, MD; Deborah Gibbs, COMT, CCRC; Donna Leef, COMT. Former members: Daniel F. Martin, MD; Sunil Srivastava, MD.

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD: James P. Dunn, MD (Director); Ellen Arnold, BS; Patricia M. Barnabie, BS; Jeff Boring, COA; Diane M. Brown, MSN, RN; Theresa Gan, MD; Alison G. Livingston, BSN, RN; Kisten D. Nolan, MPH, RN; Terry Reed, COA. Former members: Marie-Lynn Belair, MD; Stephen G. Bolton, CRNP; Joseph B. Brodine; Lisa M. Brune, BSN, RN; Anat Galor, MD; Adam Jacobowitz, MD; Meera Kapoor; Sanjay Kedhar, MD; Stephen Kim, MD; Henry A. Leder, MD; Yavette Morton; Kisten Nolan, BSN, MPH, RN; George B. Peters, MD, MBA; Priscilla Soto; Ricardo Stevenson, MD; Michelle Tarver-Carr, MD, PhD; Yue Wang, MD. Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute, Cambridge, MA: C. Stephen Foster, MD (Director); Linda Bruner; David M. Hinkle, MD; Jyothir Johnson; Danielle Marvell; Sana S. Siddique. Former members: Sarah Acevedo, MD; Fahd Anzaar, MD; Tom Cesca; Angelica Contero; Kayleigh Fitzpatrick; Karina Q. Lebron, MD; Chandra Morgan; Nita Patel, MSW; Jennifer Pinto; Janet Sprague; Taygan Yilmaz.

National Eye Institute, Bethesda, MD: H. Nida Sen, MD, MHSc (Director); Michael Bono; Denise Cunningham, CRA; Darryl Hayes, COA; Dessie Koutsandreas, BS, COA; Nupura Krishnadev, MD; Theresa Larson, MD; Annal D. Meleth, MD; Robert B. Nussenblatt, MD; Patti R. Sherry, BSN; Gregory L. Short, COMT; Wendy Smith, MD; Alana Temple, BSN. Former members: Allison Bamji, RN; Hanna Coleman, MD; Geetaniali Davuluri, MD; Lisa Faia, MD; Chloe Gottlieb, MD; Guy V. Jirawuthiworavong, MD; Julie C. Lew, MD; Richard Mercer, COT; Dominic Obiyor, BSN; Cheryl H. Perry, BSN; Natalia Potapova, MD; Eric Weichel, MD; Keith J. Wroblewski, MD; Steven Yeh, MD.

New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, New York, NY: Paul A. Latkany, MD (Director); Jason Badamo; Jenny Gallardo; Monica Lorenzo-Latkany, MD; Robert Masini; Susan Morell; Ann Nour; Meredith Sanchez; Former members: Kenneth M. Boyd; Jacek Jarczynski; Mirjana McGrosky; Kate Steinberg.

Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, East Melbourne, Australia: Richard J. Stawell, MD (Director); Lisa Breayley; Carly D’Sylva; Elizabeth Glatz; Lauren Hodgson; Ignatios Koukouras; Lyndell Lim, MD; Cecilia Ling, MD; Rachel McIntosh; Julie Morrison (Ewing); Andrew Newton; Richard Smallwood; Ehud Zamir, MD. Former members: Nicola Hunt; Lisa Jones; Suzanne Williams.

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL: Pauline T. Merrill, MD (Director); Pam Hulvey; Elaine Kernbauer; Denise L. Voskuil-Marre, BS. Former members: Bruce Gaynes; Christina Giannoulis; Heena S. Khan, BA; Sarah J. Levine; Scott Toennessen.

Texas Retina Associates, Dallas, TX: Robert C. Wang, MD (Director); Hank Aguado; Sally Arceneaux; Gary E. Fish, MD; Nick Hesse; Diana Jaramillo; Michael Mackens; Karin Mutz; Brenda Sanchez. Former members: Jean Arnwine; David Callanan, MD; Kimberly Cummings; Keith Gray; Susie Howden.

United Kingdom Institute of Ophthalmology, London, UK: Susan Lightman, MD, PhD (Director); Simon Taylor; Rebecca Tronnberg. Former members: Kate Edwards; Lavanish Joshi; Timothy Stubbs; Hamish Towler.

University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA: Gary N. Holland, MD (Director); Robert D. Almanzor, COA; Jose Castellanos, COT; Jean Pierre Hubschman, MD; Ann K. Johiro, NP; Partho S. Kalyani, MD; Ralph D. Levinson, MD; Susan S. Ransome, MD. Former members: Christine R. Gonzales, MD; Anurag Gupta, MD; Michael A. Kapamajian, MD; Peter J. Kappel, MD.

University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA: William R. Freeman, MD (Director); Igor Kozak, MD; Vivian Nguyen; Debbie Powell, BBA. Former members: Tom Clark, BSc, CRA; Denine E. Cochran, COT, CCRC, Joshua Hedaya, MD; Tiara Kemper; Jacqueline M. LeMoine; Megan E. Loughran, BA; Luzandra Magana; Francesca Mojana, MD; Victoria Morrison, MD; Stephen F. Oster, MD.

University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA: Ira G. Wong, MD (Director); Nisha Acharya, MD; Debra Brown; David Clay; Claire M. Khouri, BA; Salena Lee, BA, OD; Mary Lew, BA; Todd P. Margolis, MD, Jay Stewart, MD.

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL: Debra A. Goldstein, MD (Director); Anna L. Castro-Malek. Former members: Catherine E. Crooke; Melody Huntley; Marcia Niec; Dimitry Pyatetsky, MD; Misel Ramirez; Howard H. Tessler, MD.

University of Miami, Miami, FL: Janet L. Davis, MD (Director); Thomas A. Albini, MD;

Ariana Elizondo, BS, CCRP; David A. Pinto. Former members: Daniela Castaño; Marie Chin; Macy Ho; Jaclyn L. Kovach, MD; Richard C-S Lin, MD; Efrem Mandelcorn; Jackie K-D Nguyen, MD; Aura Pacini; Susan Pineda; Jose Rebimbas; Kimberly E. Stepien, MD; Claudia Teran.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI: Susan G. Elner, MD (Director); Rebecca Brown, COA; Linda Fournier, COA; Julie R. Gothrup, COA; Richard Hackel; Moella Hesselgrave, COA; Robert Prusak; Stephen J. Saxe, MD. Former members: Melissa Bergeron, COA; Reneé Blosser, COMT; Carrie Chrisman-McClure; Deanna Sizemore, COA.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA: John H. Kempen, MD, PhD (Director); James Berger; Sheri Drossner; Joan C. DuPont; Albert M. Maguire, MD; Janice Petner; Laurel Weeney. Former members: Tim Hopkins, MD; Dawn McCall; Monique McRay; Daniel Will, MD; Wei Xu.

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL: Peter R. Pavan, MD (Director); JoAnn Leto; Lori Mayor; Kim McDonald; Scott E. Pautler, MD; Wyatt Saxon; Judy Soto. Former members: Burton Goldstein, MD; Amy Klukoff; Lucy Lombright; Maria Ortiz; Susan Scymanky; Dee Dee Szalay.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA: Amani Fawzi, MD; (Director); Tamara Davis; Jackie Douglass; Judith Linton; Margaret Padilla, CCRP; Sylvia Ramos; Narsing A. Rao, MD. Former members: Alexia Aguirre; Lawrence Chong, MD; Lupe Cisneros, COA; Elizabeth Corona; Dean Eliott, MD; Jesse Garcia; Rahul Khurana, MD; Jennifer Lim, MD; Rachel Mead; Julie H. Tsai, MD.

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT: Albert Vitale, MD (Director); Paul S. Bernstein, MD, PhD; Bonnie Carlstrom, COA; James Gilman, CRA; Sandra Hanseen, COA; Paula Morris, CRA; Diana Ramirez; Kimberley Wegner, BS, CRC.

Virginia Eye Consultants, Norfolk, VA: John D. Sheppard, MD, MMSc (Director); Brianne Anthony; Amber Casper; Lisa Felix-Kent, COA; Jeanette Fernandez, COMT; Stephen V. Scoper, MD. Former members: R. Denise Cole; Nancy Crawford; Lisa Franklin; Krista Hamelin; Jen Martin; Rebecca Marx; Gregory Schultz, DD; Joseph Webb, BS; Pamela Yeager.

Vitreoretinal Consultants, Houston, TX: Rosa Y. Kim, MD (Director); Matthew S. Benz, MD; David M. Brown, MD; Eric Chen, MD; Richard H. Fish, MD; Shayla Friday (Hay); James Major, Jr., MD, PhD; Laura Shawver; Tien P. Wong, MD. Former members: Rebecca De La Garza; Karin Mutz.

Washington University, St. Louis, MO: P. Kumar Rao, MD (Director); Rhonda Weeks. Former Members: Rajendra S. Apte, MD; Kevin J. Blinder, MD; Ashley Hartz; Pam Light; Gaurav K. Shah, MD; Russell VanGelder, MD, PhD.


Executive Committee: Douglas A. Jabs, MD, MBA (Chair); Michael M. Altaweel, MD; Janet T. Holbrook, PhD, MPH; John H. Kempen, MD, PhD; Natalie Kurinij, PhD.

Steering Committee: Douglas A. Jabs, MD, MBA (Chair); Robert D. Almanzor, COA; Michael M. Altaweel; Diane Brown; James P. Dunn, MD; James Gilman; Janet T. Holbrook, PhD, MPH; Gary N. Holland, MD; John H. Kempen, MD, PhD; Rosa Y. Kim, MD; Natalie Kurinij, PhD; Nancy Prusakowski, MS; Jennifer E. Thorne, MD, PhD. Former members: Stephen G. Bolton, RN, BSN; Lisa M. Brune, RN, BSN; Tom Clark, CRA; Larry Hubbard, MAT; Daniel F. Martin, MD; Robert B. Nussenblatt, MD.

Data, Safety and Monitoring Committee: Voting members: Janet Wittes, PhD (Chair); William E. Barlow, PhD; Marc Hochberg, MD; Alice T. Lyon, MD; Alan G. Palestine, MD; Lee S. Simon, MD. Nonvoting members: Michael M. Altaweel, MD; Janet T. Holbrook, PhD, MPH; Douglas A. Jabs, MD, MBA; Natalie Kurinij, PhD. Former members: James T. Rosenbaum, MD; Harmon Smith, PhD.

Surgical Quality Assurance Committee: John H. Kempen, MD, PhD (Chair); James P. Dunn, MD; Glenn J. Jaffe, MD. Former members: Daniel F. Martin, MD.

Medical Therapy Quality Assurance Committee: Jennifer E. Thorne, MD, PhD (Chair); Nisha R. Acharya, MD, MS; Douglas A. Jabs, MD, MBA; John H. Kempen, MD, PhD; Paul A. Latkany, MD; Robert B. Nussenblatt, MD, MPH; Albert T. Vitale, MD. Former members: Russell VanGelder, MD, PhD.

Visual Function Quality Assurance Committee: Robert D. Almanzor, COA (Chair); Judith Alexander, BA, CCRP; Jeffrey A. Boring, COA; Deborah Gibbs, COMT, CCRC; Salena Lee, OD, FAAO; Jennifer E. Thorne, MD, PhD (Advisor). Former members: Wai Ping Ng, BS.

Glaucoma Committee: David S. Friedman, MD (Chair); Anna Adler, MS; Judith Alexander, BA, CCRP; Alyce Burke, MPH; Janet T. Holbrook, PhD, MPH; Joanne Katz, ScD; John H. Kempen, MD, PhD; Nancy Prusakowski, MS; Susan Reed; Jennifer E. Thorne, MD, PhD; Husam Ansari, MD, PhD (consultant). Former members: Nicholas Cohen, MS; Sanjukta Modak, MS; Wai Ping Ng, BS.

Statistical Analysis Committee: Elizabeth A. Sugar, PhD (Chair); Lea Drye, PhD; Kevin Frick, PhD; Janet T. Holbrook, PhD, MPH; JoAnn Katz, ScD; Thomas Louis, PhD; Mark L. Van Natta, MHS. Former members: Sanjukta Modak, MS; David Shade, JD.

Resource Centers

Chairman’s Office: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY: Douglas A. Jabs, MD, MBA (Study Chairman); Yasmin Hilal, MHS; Melissa A. Nieves, BA; Karen Pascual, MBA; Jill S. Slutsky-Sanon, MPA. Former members: Colby Glomp; Maria Stevens, CM.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA: John H. Kempen, MD, PhD (Study Vice-Chairman).

Coordinating Center, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD: Janet T. Holbrook, PhD, MPH (Director); Anna L. Adler, MS; Judith Alexander, BA; Jeff A. Boring, COA; Alyce E. Burke, MPH; Karen Collins; John D. Dodge; Lea T. Drye, PhD; Cathleen S. Ewing; Kevin D. Frick, PhD; David S. Friedman, MD, PhD; Rosetta Jackson; Joanne Katz, ScD; Andrea T. Lears, BS; Hope Livingston; Thomas A. Louis, PhD; Curtis L. Meinert, PhD; Jill L. Meinert; Vinnette Morrison, BS; Deborah J. Nowakowski; Nancy Prusakowski, MS; Dave M. Shade, JD; Rochelle E. Smith, BS; Karen Steuernagle; Elizabeth A. Sugar, PhD; Jennifer E. Thorne, MD, PhD; James A. Tonascia, PhD; Mark L. Van Natta, MHS; Richard Zheng, MS. Former members: Paul Chen; Nicholas Cohen, MS; Sanjukta Modak, MS; Wai Ping Ng, BS; Weijiang Shen, MS; Charles Shiflett, BS; Ada Tieman, MBA.

University of Wisconsin Fundus Photograph Reading Center, Madison, WI: Michael M. Altaweel, MD (Co-Director); Wendy K. Benz, PhD; Geoffrey Chambers, MS; Debra J. Christianson, BS; Amitha Domalpally, MD; Jacquelyn Freund, MS; Vonnie Gama; Sapna Gangaputra, MD, MPH; Kathleen E. Glander, BBA; Anne Goulding, BA; Jeffrey M. Joyce, MS; Christina N. Kruse, BA; Dawn J. Myers, BS; Susan Reed, BS; James L. Reimers, BA; Amy Remm, BS; Ruth A. Susman, BS; Dennis Thayer; Erika Treichel, DVM; Kelly J. Warren, RN, BS, MSES; Sheila M. Watson, BS, DVM; James K. White, BME; Tara Wilhelmson, BS. Former members: Margaret A. Fleischli, AB, DVM; Dennis Hafford; Susan E. Harris, MS; Larry D. Hubbard, MAT; Kristine A. Johnson; Lauren Nagle; Gwyn E. Padden-Lechten, BS; Alyson Pohlman, BA; Peggy Sivesind; Mary K. Webster, BS; Grace Zhang, BA.

National Eye Institute, Bethesda, MD: Natalie Kurinij, PhD.

Footnotes Identifier: NCT00132691

Declaration of interest: Bausch & Lomb provided support to the study in the form of donationof a limited number of fluocinolone acetonide implants for patients randomized to implant therapy who were uninsured or otherwise unable to pay for implants, but did not otherwise support the study. Dr. Goldstein has served as a consultant to Bausch & Lomb. Dr. Drye reports no conflict of interest. Dr. Larson reports no conflict of interest. Dr. Sen reports no conflict of interest. Dr. Merrill has served as a consultant for Bausch & Lomb and Allergan Pharmaceutical Corporation. Dr. Pavan reports no conflict of interest. Dr. Sheppard has served as a consultant or Bausch & Lomb, Alcon Laboratories, Allergan Pharmaceutical Corporation, Lux Biosciences, and EyeGate Pharmaceuticals, and Inspire Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Burke reports no conflict of interest. Dr. Srivastava has served as a consultant for Bausch & Lomb, Alimera, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and Allergan Pharmaceutical Corporation. Douglas A. Jabs, MD, MBA has acted as a consultant for Ciba Vision, Bayer Corporation, Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation, Centocor, Inc., and SmithKline Beecham. Currently, Dr. Jabs is a consultant for Abbott Laboratories, Alcon Laboratories, Allergan Pharmaceutical Corporation, Corcept Therapeutics, GenenTech, Genzyme Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and Roche Pharmaceuticals. Research support has been provided from Roche Laboratories, Inc. in the past. Dr. Jabs currently acts as a Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) member for Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (AGTC).


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