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A 58-year-old female asked:

Is argan laser or slt better for glaucoma treatment. my doctor says that no studies prove that slt is superior. he uses argan.

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy Perozek
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
SLT: Slt is selective, the the "s" of slt. It is less destructive and can be repeated. Also you can use drops for glaucoma too.
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 46 years experience
Able to repeat: Both argon and slt lower pressures about the same amount. That is true. But it seems that slt is "gentler" to the eye and may have the benefit of being repeatable again in a few years with better safety profile than alt. While both are still being used, many doctors are switching to slt for this reason.
Dr. Mark Sibley
Dr. Mark Sibley commented
LASIK Surgery 45 years experience
This may sound extreme but if he said Argon laser was still used I must tell you that Argon laser for chronic, open angle glaucoma borders on malpractice..SLT has become the only safe and successful laser for that conditions..
Jul 20, 2015
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
They are equivalent: Almost all studies show they are equivalent. Repeatability should not be a concern of yours. Whatever laser is used, you can always have the other one if a repeat is needed.

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