opthalmology

Glaucoma to be treated using selective laser therapy

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have recommended changes to the treatment of glaucoma and ocular hypertension, with guidelines now stating that Selective Laser Therapy (SLT) should be used in first instance rather than eye drops.

The new guidance suggests that the number of patients needing eye drops to treat the conditions stated will be reduced, saving money for the NHS.

Chronic open angle glaucoma (COAG) can be caused by an increase of pressure within the eye (ocular hypertension). The SLT procedure targets reducing the intraocular pressure in patients’ eyes and is a long-term solution to the condition.

The laser treatment has also proven to be effective in decreasing the need for patients to need cataracts or intraocular pressure lowering surgery.

Dr Paul Chrisp, Director for Centre for Guidelines at NICE, said: “Chronic open angle glaucoma is a serious condition, and our updated guideline will allow people who suffer from it, or ocular hypertension, to quickly receive effective treatment to improve their quality of life.

“Usually, eye drops are initially prescribed to lower the pressure in the eye. However, the evidence showed that first-line treatment with selective laser therapy is more cost effective than eye drops.

“The guideline has been developed following a public consultation last year and we are recommending that local healthcare services carrying out laser therapy should be providing their staff with training on the treatment. It is crucial that healthcare professionals discuss the benefits and risks with patients, family members and carers to agree on a treatment plan for each person.”

COAG affects around two percent of people over 40-years-old and rises to ten percent in over 75’s. The implementation of the new guidelines is estimated to save the NHS £400,000 within the next five years.

NHE March/April 22

NHE Jan/Feb 22

Calling time on stop gap solutions

The new edition of NHE’s e-magazine highlights the newest digital innovation, environmental efforts, procurement projects and more with articles from the likes of Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of the NHS Confederation (pg38), Health Education England and NHS Supply Chain.  

Videos...

View all videos
National Health Executive Presents

National Health Executive Presents

NHE365 Virtual Events

NHE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of healthcare services. Over 365 days you'll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with the knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Finger on the Pulse

Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

More articles...

View all