The UK found that laser pointers are more effective and cost-effective for glaucoma treatment
In March 2019, a study by University College London (UCL) and Moorfields Eye Hospital (Moorfields) found. For cases of early glaucoma or high intraocular pressure. laser pointer treatment is more effective than traditional treatment methods. And the cost is lower. It is understood that the study lasted for 3 years and divided 718 patients with early glaucoma or high intraocular pressure into two groups. They are treated with laser and traditional methods respectively. Traditional treatments use eye drops that lower intraocular pressure. Another method is selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). Remove severely excess liquid by laser. So as to achieve the effect of reducing intraocular pressure.
The study found that compared with patients receiving traditional treatment. Patients receiving laser treatment do not need to upgrade treatment later. Later, the probability of glaucoma surgery or cataract removal is reduced. And can reduce the cost of the British National Health System (NHS). The results of the study may improve global treatment of glaucoma. It has been published in "The Lancet" magazine.