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A 58-year-old female asked:

Does slt laser therapy for glaucoma provide more stable control of pressure than eye drops?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
About the same: Slt vs. Antiglaucoma medications both work to lower iop in patients with glaucoma. No significant difference between primary slt versus a prostaglandin analogue, such as Xalatan (latanoprost) after 12 months of comparison in a study looking at achieving target pressures with each modality. Slt works about 80% of the time & may need re treatment. Medication group may need meds to augment effect.
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Dr. Douglas Liva
Ophthalmology 41 years experience
Sometimes.: In general, slt usually lowers the pressure 20% in 80% of eye. Since drugs have peak and trough effect it is possible the slt may provide a more constant level of control since it is dose independent.
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Last updated Apr 2, 2015

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