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Adv Biomed Res. 2018 Dec 19;7:156. doi: 10.4103/abr.abr_203_17. eCollection 2018.

Micropulse Trabeculoplasty in Open Angle Glaucoma.

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Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Perú.
Department of Research, Vista Clinic, Lima, Perú.
Departament of Glaucoma, Instituto Nacional de Oftalmología, Lima, Perú.
Department of Ophthalmology, Huancavelica General Hospital, Huancavelica, Peru.
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Perú.



We report the effect of micropulse laser trabeculoplasty (MLT) in the intraocular pressure (IOP) of patients with uncontrolled open-angle glaucoma (OAG).

Materials and Methods:

In this retrospective review, 30 eyes with OAG were treated with a single session of MLT at the Vista Clinic in Lima Perú. We used a 532 nm frequency doubled Nd: YAG laser to 360° of the trabecular meshwork with a power of 1000 mW, 15% of the duty cycle, and 300 ms of exposure. The IOP was measured at baseline and at 1 day, 1 week, 3 months, and 6 months post-treatment and were followed up for one last control.


The mean baseline IOP was 15.6 mmHg and in the last control was 12.8 mmHg, mean follow-up time of 19 months (±10 standard deviation [SD]). The mean reduction of IOP in the 1st day was 1.6 mmHg (±2.6 SD) and 1.2 mmHg (±3.3 SD) in the last follow-up. The mean percentage of IOP reduction was 17.9% and 7 eyes (40%) had IOP reduction >20%. No statistical significant difference in relation to demographic characteristics of the patients. The greatest reduction was achieved in the 1st day with a median of 2.00 (P < 0.001). A tendency to achieve a higher reduction of IOP in patients with higher baseline IOP was found but was not statistically significant. No adverse reactions occurred.


MLT slightly reduced the IOP in a few patients with uncontrolled OAG for a very short time and may not be suitable for these patients.


Diode laser; micropulse; open angle glaucoma; subthreshold; trabeculoplasty

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