Background and objective: To assess the efficacy and safety of selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) in uncontrolled pseudoexfoliation glaucoma (PEXG).
Patients and methods: Fifty-seven eyes (57 patients) with uncontrolled PEXG and intra-ocular pressure (IOP) greater than 23 mm Hg underwent SLT. All received ophthalmic evaluation preoperatively and at intervals postoperatively. IOP was measured at 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. During follow-up, patients were treated with topical anti-glaucoma medications as necessary.
Results: One year postoperatively, mean IOP in all patients decreased from 26.01 ± 2.5 to 17.8 ± 2.8 mm Hg (31.5%; P < .001). Mean medications per patient decreased from 2.8 to 2.3. Complications included conjunctival redness and infection within 1 day postoperatively in 30 eyes (67%). One hour after SLT treatment, an increase in IOP greater than 5 mm Hg was detected in two eyes (3.5%) and resolved within 24 hours with topical medication.
Conclusion: SLT is safe and effective in patients with PEXG.
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