Can Laser Treatment Control Glaucoma?

January 10, 2021 by Chris Mclean2
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The commonest form of glaucoma is primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) which is usually treated with eye drops that lower intraocular pressure (IOP). There is also a laser treatment that can help to lower the IOP called selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). This is a safe alternative but is not often used as first-line treatment. The LIGHT study compared new glaucoma patients who were started on eye drops to treat glaucoma to those who had SLT. Eyes of patients in the SLT group were within target intraocular pressure at more visits (93·0%) than in the eye drops group (91·3%), with glaucoma surgery to lower intraocular pressure required in more of the drop treated patients. Over 36 months, from an ophthalmology cost perspective, there was a 97% probability of selective laser trabeculoplasty as first treatment being more cost-effective than eye drops.

Over 36 months, from an ophthalmology cost perspective, there was a 97% probability of selective laser trabeculoplasty as first treatment being more cost-effective than eye drops.





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