Laser Trabeculoplasty Perceptions and Practice Patterns of Canadian Ophthalmologists
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Aim: To describe the current practice patterns and perceptions of Canadian ophthalmologists using laser trabeculoplasty (LTP). Materials and methods: A cross-sectional survey of 124 members of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) who perform LTP was conducted. Descriptive statistics and Chi-square comparative analyses were performed on anonymous self-reported survey data. Results: Of the 124 respondents, 34 (27.4%) completed a glaucoma fellowship. Use of selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) (94.4%) was preferred over argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT) (5.6%). The most frequently cited reasons for SLT preference was less damage to trabecular meshwork (30.7%), availability (16.2%), and repeatability (16.2%). In all, 47.6% of the respondents performed LTP concurrently with medical treatment, 33.9% used it after medical treatment, and 17.7% used it as first-line treatment. Majority (87.1%) of the respondents believed that SLT is effective when repeated. In suitable patients, 41.9% of the respondents stated on average they repeat SLT once, 26.6% twice, and 19.4% greater than 2 times, respectively. Of those who repeat SLT on patients, 80.7% found repeat SLT treatments have good outcomes for patients. In all, 105 (84.7%) ophthalmologists responded they would benefit from an LTP practice guideline. Significantly more ophthalmologists without glaucoma fellowships perceived they would benefit from a practice guideline (p value <0.001). Conclusion: This survey provides valuable practical information on how LTP is used in the treatment of glaucoma in Canada. Clinical significance: The findings may serve as a baseline survey to trend future practices. How to cite this article: Lee EY, Farrokhyar F, Sogbesan E. Laser Trabeculoplasty Perceptions and Practice Patterns of Canadian Ophthalmologists. J Curr Glaucoma Pract 2020;14(3):81-86.