A pilot study has been carried out to examine the efficacy of diode laser trabeculoplasty in the treatment of primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. The device used was portable and could be attached to a standard slit-lamp microscope. Powers of 0.8-1.2 W were used, with a spot size of 100 microns and a pulse of 0.20 second. Laser trabeculoplasty carried out on 20 eyes for glaucoma resulted in a mean ocular hypotensive effect of 10.2 mmHG at two weeks after treatment and of 9.55 mmHg at 6 months. It is concluded that diode laser trabeculoplasty is an effective mode of treatment for eyes with open-angle glaucoma or with ocular hypertension.
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