Table 8-126Selective laser trabeculoplasty vs. argon laser trabeculoplasty - Clinical study characteristics

OutcomeNumber of studiesDesignLimitationsInconsistencyDirectnessOther considerations
Visual field progression0
Mean change in IOP from baseline (follow up 12 months)301RCT (a)Serious limitations (b)No
Serious inconsistency
No serious indirectnessNo serious imprecision Additional notes (d)
Number of patients with an unacceptable IOP (follow up 12 months)301RCT (a)Serious limitations (b)No
Serious inconsistency
No serious indirectnessSerious imprecision (c)
Additional notes (d)
Complications: PAS formation 301RCT (a)Serious limitations (b)No
Serious inconsistency
No serious indirectnessSerious imprecision (c)
Additional notes (d)
a

Studies are supplemented by data from the Cochrane systematic reviews Rolim 2007124.

b

Randomisation and allocation concealment are adequate but masking of outcome assessment is not reported.

c

Wide confidence interval making estimate of effect uncertain.

d

All patients were maintained on current IOP lowering medications throughout study and some patients previously received ALT treatment.

From: 8, Treatment of chronic open angle glaucoma

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