Molteno Implants: Surgical Technique

  • Parth R. Shah
  • Ashish Agar
  • Colin I. Clement


Molteno implants (Molteno Ophthalmic Limited, Dunedin, New Zealand) were developed by Anthony CB Molteno in the 1960s and were the first glaucoma drainage implants in the world. They comprise a fine-bore silicone tube attached to an injection-moulded polypropylene plate drainage plate. There are now several models of the Molteno implant available, each successive model incorporating changes based on surgical experience and outcomes (Table 9.1). It is important to know exactly which model is used as the surgical technique is slightly different for each. All Molteno implants are safe with MRI.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Parth R. Shah
    • 1
  • Ashish Agar
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Colin I. Clement
    • 3
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
  1. 1.Prince of Wales HospitalRandwickAustralia
  2. 2.Glaucoma UnitPrince of Wales HospitalSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Glaucoma UnitSydney Eye HospitalSydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Marsden Eye SpecialistsSydneyAustralia
  5. 5.Department of OphthalmologyUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  6. 6.Eye AssociatesSydneyAustralia
  7. 7.Fairfield Eye SurgerySydneyAustralia
  8. 8.Discipline of OphthalmologyThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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