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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 1109-1113

Bevacizumab versus ziv-aflibercept in branch retinal vein occlusion

1 Department of Surgery, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Ghana; Eye Centre, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Korle-Bu, Accra, Ghana
2 Smt. Kanuri Santhamma Centre for Vitreo-Retinal Diseases, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad; Retina and Uveitis Department, GMR Varalakshmi Campus, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hanumanthawaka Junction, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Smt. Kanuri Santhamma Centre for Vitreo-Retinal Diseases, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
4 Department of Ophthalmology, American University of Beirut; Department of Ophthalmology, Rafik Hariri University Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon

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Dr. Jay Chhablani
Smt. Kanuri Santhamma Centre for Vitreo-Retinal Diseases, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 34
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1532_18

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Purpose: To compare the effectiveness of treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) and ziv-aflibercept (IVZ) in patients with macular edema (ME) post-branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). Methods: Patients with treatment naïve ME post-BRVO were included retrospectively if they received either IVB (0.05 ml/1.25 mg) or IVZ (0.05 ml/1.25 mg) monotherapy with a follow up of 12 months. Results: Thirty-two and 17 eyes received IVB and IVZ, respectively. The mean improvement in best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 0.36 ± 0.3 logarithm of minimum angle of resolution (logMAR) in the IVB group and 0.27 ± 0.3 in the IVZ group (P = 0.35). The mean change in central macular thickness was 178.9 ± 180.9 and 173.5 ± 344.4 μm in IVB and IVZ groups, respectively (P = 0.94). The mean number of injections was higher in the IVB group (4.0 ± 1.8) compared with 1.82 ± 0.8 in the IVZ group (P < 0.0001). The IVZ group had significantly fewer number of visits (P < 0.0001) and longer maximum treatment-free intervals (P = 0.0081). Conclusion: IVZ appears to be cost-effective with the similar visual outcome and less number of visits in comparison to IVB.

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