Diurnal IOP control with bimatoprost versus latanoprost in exfoliative glaucoma: A crossover, observer-masked, three-centre study

Anastasios G.P. Konstas, G. Holló, M. Irkec, S. Tsironi, I. Durukan, M. Goldenfeld, S. Melamed

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Aim: To evaluate the diurnal intraocular pressure (IOP) control and safety of bimatoprost versus latanoprost in exfoliative glaucoma (XFG). Methods: One eye of 129 consecutive patients with XFG (mean (SD) age 66.5 (8.3) years) was included in this prospective, observer-masked, three-centre, crossover comparison. After a 4-6 week medicine-free period patients were randomised to bimatoprost or latanoprost monotherapy for 3 months. Patients were then switched to the opposite treatment for another 3 months. At the end of the washout and the treatment periods diurnal IOP was measured at 0800, 1300, and 1800. Results: At baseline the IOP (mean (SD)) was 28.0 (4.0), 26.9 (3.6), and 25.9 (3.6) mm Hg, at the three time points, respectively. Both treatments significantly reduced mean diurnal IOP at month 3. Mean diurnal IOP was 26.9 (3.5) mm Hg at baseline, 17.6 (3.3) mm Hg with bimatoprost, and 18.6 (3.6) mm Hg with latanoprost (p<0.0001). Furthermore, lower IOP values were obtained with bimatoprost at all time points (17.9 (3.4), 17.3 (3.3), and 17.6 (3.5) mm Hg, respectively) compared with latanoprost (18.7 (3.6), 18.5 (3.6), and 18.6 (4.1) mm Hg, respectively). The corresponding mean differences (0.8, 1.1, and 1.0 mm Hg, respectively) were all significant (p<0.001 for each comparison). Significantly more patients with XFG obtained a target diurnal IOP <17 mm Hg with bimatoprost than with latanoprost, 55/123 (45%) v 34/123 (28%); (p = 0.001), and significantly fewer patients were non-responders with bimatoprost than with latanoprost (5 v 13, p = 0.021). More patients reported at least one adverse event with bimatoprost than with latanoprost (58 v 41 at 3 months; p = 0.0003). Conclusion: This crossover study suggests that better diurnal IOP control is obtained with bimatoprost than with latanoprost in patients with XFG.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-760
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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