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How effective is laser surgery for treating glaucoma?

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Dr. Solomon Gelbart
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Effective: There are several types of laser surgery for glaucoma. The most popular is selective laser trabeculoplasty or SLT. This treatment is about as effective as the first-line drops for glaucoma. Generally, it is not used unless drops are not effective or are not tolerated. Generally, SLT is safe and effective about 85% of the time.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is laser surgery effective in treating glaucoma?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Yes: Laser works about as well as using a single medication to control pressure.
A 39-year-old member asked:

I'm curious as to how effective is laser surgery for glaucoma?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
80%: This produces the desired pressure lowering in about 4/5 patients, and produces some pressure lowering in nearly all.
Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
The data show that 50% of all patients that had had laser for glaucoma need to go back on eye drops after 2 years.
Dec 23, 2013

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