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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 299-303

Selective laser trabeculoplasty in Egyptian patients with primary open-angle glaucoma


Department of Ophthalmology, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Rasha M Eltanamly
34, El-Nadi street, Maadi, 11431, Cairo
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.97930

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Purpose: To assess the change in intraocular pressure (IOP) in Egyptian patients after selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) as a primary or adjunctive treatment for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). Materials and Methods: One hundred and six eyes with POAG were enrolled in this prospective study. Patients were divided into two groups: recently diagnosed cases with no preoperative medications (group 1) and; patients with confirmed glaucoma on medical therapy (group 2). All patients underwent 360° SLT. Patients were evaluated to 18 months postoperatively. Data were analyzed on postoperative changes in IOP, number of medications and complications. A P-value less than 0.05 was statistically significant. Results: A statistically significant drop in IOP occurred, from 19.55 ± 4.8 mmHg preoperatively, to16.03 ± 2.8 mmHg postoperatively (P< 0.001). Each group had a statistically significant drop in IOP (P< 0.001). There was a statistically significant decrease in the number of medications in group 2 from 2.25 ± 0.97 medications preoperatively to 1.0 ± 1.3 medications postoperatively (P=0.004). No serious complications occurred for the duration of the study. Conclusion: SLT can be safely and effectively used as primary or adjunctive therapy for the treatment of POAG.


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