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J Med Case Rep. 2013 Jul 26;7:198. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-7-198.

Selective laser trabeculoplasty success in pediatric patients with glaucoma: two case reports.

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Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, 2840 Long Beach Boulevard, #330, Long Beach, CA 90806, USA.



Selective laser trabeculoplasty is a treatment option to lower intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma. It has been proven to work in adults. We describe two pediatric patients with glaucoma who responded well to selective laser trabeculoplasty.


Two patients with pediatric glaucoma underwent selective laser trabeculoplasty. Patient 1 was a nine-year-old Iranian Asian girl with secondary aphakic glaucoma who was taking four glaucoma medications. She had a 50% decrease in intraocular pressure five weeks after selective laser trabeculoplasty. She was able to discontinue all four glaucoma drops after treatment. Patient 2 was a 13-year-old Filipino Caucasian boy who presented with early juvenile open-angle glaucoma and who was on no medications. He had a 40% drop in intraocular pressure four weeks after selective laser trabeculoplasty.


Selective laser trabeculoplasty can decrease intraocular pressure in pediatric patients with glaucoma, both as a primary and secondary therapy. This study demonstrates that selective laser trabeculoplasty is a good option for the treatment of glaucoma in the pediatric population.

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