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Quality of life in glaucoma patients after selective laser trabeculoplasty

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AIM: To compare quality of life and treatment satisfaction between patients who had selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) and those on medication. METHODS: A prospective clinical trial on 143 glaucoma patients that received SLT and a control group that continued using anti glaucoma medication was conducted. Tear break-up time (BUT), punctuate keratitis, need for help, use of artificial tears and the treatment satisfaction survey of intraocular pressure (IOP) were measured at baseline, 6 and 12mo. RESULTS: SLT was able to reduce the mean number of medications needed from 1.56 +/- 0.81 to 0.42 +/- 0.66 at six months and to 0.33 +/- 0.69 at one year. Punctuate keratitis was observed significantly less often (12.24%) after SLT than before (35.94%; P=0.03). Use of artificial tears and BUT did not change significantly after SLT (P > 0.05). At baseline, patients in the SLT group were significantly less convinced of medication effectiveness (P=0.006) and complained more about side effects (P=0.003). After SLT, these patients had significantly more confidence in their therapy (P < 0.001), showed less side effects (P=0.006), complained less about changes in appearance of the eyes (P=0.003) and were less inconvenienced by the use of eye drops (P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: SLT is able to improve treatment-related quality of life in glaucoma patients.
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OPEN-ANGLE GLAUCOMA, INTRAOCULAR-PRESSURE, PSEUDOPHAKIC EYES, MEDICATION, PREVALENCE, ADHERENCE, THERAPY, NONCOMPLIANCE, METAANALYSIS, EYEDROPS, glaucoma, laser treatment, medical treatment, quality of life

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De Keyser, Myrjam, Maya De Belder, and Veva De Groot. 2017. “Quality of Life in Glaucoma Patients After Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty.” International Journal of Ophthalmology 10 (5): 742–748.
APA
De Keyser, M., De Belder, M., & De Groot, V. (2017). Quality of life in glaucoma patients after selective laser trabeculoplasty. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, 10(5), 742–748.
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De Keyser M, De Belder M, De Groot V. Quality of life in glaucoma patients after selective laser trabeculoplasty. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY. Xi an: Ijo Press; 2017;10(5):742–8.
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De Keyser, Myrjam, Maya De Belder, and Veva De Groot. “Quality of Life in Glaucoma Patients After Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY 10.5 (2017): 742–748. Print.
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  abstract     = {AIM: To compare quality of life and treatment satisfaction between patients who had selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) and those on medication. METHODS: A prospective clinical trial on 143 glaucoma patients that received SLT and a control group that continued using anti glaucoma medication was conducted. Tear break-up time (BUT), punctuate keratitis, need for help, use of artificial tears and the treatment satisfaction survey of intraocular pressure (IOP) were measured at baseline, 6 and 12mo. RESULTS: SLT was able to reduce the mean number of medications needed from 1.56 +/- 0.81 to 0.42 +/- 0.66 at six months and to 0.33 +/- 0.69 at one year. Punctuate keratitis was observed significantly less often (12.24%) after SLT than before (35.94%; P=0.03). Use of artificial tears and BUT did not change significantly after SLT (P > 0.05). At baseline, patients in the SLT group were significantly less convinced of medication effectiveness (P=0.006) and complained more about side effects (P=0.003). After SLT, these patients had significantly more confidence in their therapy (P < 0.001), showed less side effects (P=0.006), complained less about changes in appearance of the eyes (P=0.003) and were less inconvenienced by the use of eye drops (P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: SLT is able to improve treatment-related quality of life in glaucoma patients.},
  author       = {De Keyser, Myrjam and De Belder, Maya and De Groot, Veva},
  issn         = {2222-3959},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY},
  keywords     = {OPEN-ANGLE GLAUCOMA,INTRAOCULAR-PRESSURE,PSEUDOPHAKIC EYES,MEDICATION,PREVALENCE,ADHERENCE,THERAPY,NONCOMPLIANCE,METAANALYSIS,EYEDROPS,glaucoma,laser treatment,medical treatment,quality of life},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {742--748},
  publisher    = {Ijo Press},
  title        = {Quality of life in glaucoma patients after selective laser trabeculoplasty},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.18240/ijo.2017.05.14},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2017},
}

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