ClinicalThere were no studies which reported number of patients with visual field progression.
There were no studies which reported mean change in IOP from baseline expressed as an absolute value with standard deviation.
Laser trabeculoplasty is less effective than trabeculectomy in reducing the number of patients with an unacceptable IOP at 0 to 6 months follow up. (MODERATE QUALITY)
Laser trabeculoplasty is less effective than trabeculectomy in reducing the number of patients with an unacceptable IOP at 3 to 24 months follow up. However, there is significant unexplained statistical heterogeneity within the results. (LOW QUALITY)
There were no studies which reported complications lasting longer than 1 week.
EconomicNo studies meeting the inclusion criteria were identified which compared laser trabeculoplasty to trabeculectomy.

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