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      Meta-analysis of selective laser trabeculoplasty versus topical medication in the treatment of open-angle glaucoma

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          The aim of this study was to examine possible differences in clinical outcomes between selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) and topical medication in the treatment of open-angle glaucoma.


          Pertinent prospective comparative controlled trials comparing SLT with medication were selected through extensive searches of the PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Chinese Biomedicine Database, and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register database from their inception up to March 2014. Efficacy estimates were measured by their weighted mean difference (WMD) to calculate the intraocular pressure reduction (IOPR) from baseline to endpoint and by the odds ratio (OR) to determine success rates.


          Five prospective studies, which met the predefined criteria, were included in the meta-analysis. Four studies were randomized clinical trials and one study was a prospective non-randomized clinical trial. There were a total of 492 eyes of 366 patients with open-angle glaucoma. Four studies involving 325 eyes compared SLT with medication in terms of the IOPR. The WMD of the IOPR from the baseline was 0.6 (95 % confidence intervals: −0.24,1.43) when comparing SLT with medication. No statistical heterogeneity was observed between studies (χ2 = 1.30, P = 0.75, I 2 = 0.0 %). All five studies reported success rates, with a pooled OR of 0.84 (95 % confidence intervals: 0.42, 1.68), which was not statistically significant. No statistical heterogeneity was observed between studies (χ2 = 5.98, P = 0.200, I 2 = 33.1 %). Subgroup and sensitivity analysis confirmed the high stability of the meta-analysis results.


          Both SLT and topical medication demonstrate similar success rates and effectiveness in lowering intraocular pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma.

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          Selective targeting of trabecular meshwork cells: in vitro studies of pulsed and CW laser interactions.

          The purpose of the present study was to selectively target pigmented trabecular meshwork cells without producing collateral damage to adjacent non-pigmented cells or structures. The ability to selectively target trabecular meshwork cells without coagulation, while preserving the structural integrity of the meshwork, could be a useful approach to study whether the biological response of non-coagulative damage to the trabecular meshwork and trabecular meshwork cells is similar to that seen with coagulative damage to the trabecular meshwork which occurs with argon laser trabeculoplasty. This approach also may be useful to non-invasively deplete trabecular meshwork cells while preserving the structural integrity of the trabecular meshwork in an animal model. A mixed cell culture of pigmented and non-pigmented trabecular meshwork cells were irradiated with Q-switched Nd-YAG and frequency-doubled Nd-YAG lasers, microsound pulsed dye-lasers, and an argon ion laser in order to define a regime where laser absorption would be confined to pigmented trabecular meshwork cells, thereby permitting selective targeting of these cells without producing collateral thermal damage to adjacent non-pigmented cells. Pulse durations ranged from 10 nsec to 0.1 sec. A fluorescent viability/cytotoxicity assay was used to evaluate laser effects and threshold energies, and cells were examined morphologically by light and TEM. Selective targeting of pigmented trabecular meshwork cells was achieved with pulse durations between 10 nsec and 1 microsec and 1 microsec without producing collateral thermal or structural damage to adjacent non-pigmented trabecular meshworks cells when examined by light and transmission electron microscopy. Pulse durations greater than 1 microsec resulted in non-selective killing of non-pigmented trabecular meshwork cells. Threshold radiant exposures were as low as 18 mJ cm-2, and increased at longer wavelengths, longer pulse durations and lower melanin contents within the cells. It is concluded that selective targeting of pigmented trabecular meshwork cells can be achieved using pulsed lasers with low threshold radiant exposures avoiding collateral thermal damage to adjacent non-pigmented trabecular meshwork cells. This approach can be readily applied in vivo.
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            A randomised, prospective study comparing selective laser trabeculoplasty with latanoprost for the control of intraocular pressure in ocular hypertension and open angle glaucoma.

            To compare 90 degrees , 180 degrees , and 360 degrees selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT, 532 nm Nd:YAG laser) with latanoprost 0.005% for the control of intraocular pressure (IOP) in ocular hypertension (OHT) and open angle glaucoma (OAG). A prospective, randomised clinical trial in the Department of Ophthalmology, St Thomas's Hospital, London, and Clayton Eye Centre, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. 167 patients (167 eyes) with either OHT or OAG were randomised to receive 90 degrees , 180 degrees , and 360 degrees SLT or latanoprost 0.005% at night and were evaluated at 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. The mean follow up was 10.3 months (range 1--12 months). Early, transient, complications such as postoperative ocular pain, uveitis, and 1 hour IOP spike occurred in a number of eyes after SLT, with pain being reported more frequently after 360 degrees than 90 degrees treatments (p>0.001). Success rates defined in terms of both a 20% or more and a 30% or more IOP reduction from baseline measurements with no additional antiglaucomatous interventions were better with latanoprost than 90 degrees (p 20% IOP reduction and 59% a >30% reduction from baseline. Although success rates were better with 360 degrees than 180 degrees SLT treatments, differences did not reach statistical significance. There were no differences with regard to age, sex, race, pretreatment IOP, OHT versus OAG, laser power settings, and total laser energy delivered between eyes which responded, in terms of a >20% and a >30% IOP reduction, and those that did not respond with 180 degrees and 360 degrees SLT treatments. Success rates were higher with latanoprost 0.005% at night than with 90 degrees and 180 degrees SLT treatments. 90 degrees SLT is generally not effective. 360 degrees SLT appears to be an effective treatment with approximately 60% of eyes achieving an IOP reduction of 30% or more. Transient anterior uveitis with associated ocular discomfort is not unusual in the first few days after SLT. Late complications causing ocular morbidity after SLT were not encountered.
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              Selective laser trabeculoplasty as initial and adjunctive treatment for open-angle glaucoma.

              To investigate the efficacy and safety of selective laser trabeculoplasty as an initial treatment for newly diagnosed open-angle glaucoma, and its role as adjunctive therapy. A prospective multicenter nonrandomized clinical trial was performed. Patients with newly diagnosed open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension were assigned to the primary (selective laser trabeculoplasty) treatment group or the control (latanoprost) group according to patient choice. Both groups were followed up at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. A secondary treatment group was also included to study the efficacy of selective laser trabeculoplasty for patients intolerant of medical therapy or in whom such therapy was unsuccessful, with or without a history of previous argon laser trabeculoplasty. One hundred eyes (61 patients) were enrolled, 74 in the primary treatment group and 26 in the control group. The average absolute and percent reductions in intraocular pressure for the primary treatment group were 8.3 mm Hg or 31.0%, compared with 7.7 mm Hg or 30.6% for the control group (P = 0.208 and P = 0.879). The responder rates (20% pressure reduction) were 83% and 84% for the primary and control groups, respectively. There were no differences in intraocular pressure lowering with selective laser trabeculoplasty on the basis of angle pigmentation. A modest contralateral effect was observed in the untreated fellow eyes of patients undergoing selective laser trabeculoplasty. Selective laser trabeculoplasty was found to be equally efficacious as latanoprost in reducing intraocular pressure in newly diagnosed open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension over 12 months, independent of angle pigmentation. Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory therapy had similar efficacy to steroids after laser therapy. These findings support the consideration of selective laser trabeculoplasty as a first-line treatment for newly diagnosed open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

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                +86-20-87330484 , zhangxl2@mail.sysu.edu.cn
                BMC Ophthalmol
                BMC Ophthalmol
                BMC Ophthalmology
                BioMed Central (London )
                19 August 2015
                19 August 2015
                : 15
                Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, State Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Sun Yat-Sen University, 54S.Xianlie Road, Guangzhou, 510060 China
                © Li et al. 2015

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