Laser treatment could significantly improve glaucoma care in Africa, potentially at no extra cost: Tanzanian study finds laser treatment was a more effective treatment than daily eye drops over a year

Laser treatment has the potential to transform the management of glaucoma in Africa, and to prevent more people from going irreversibly blind, particularly in regions with high disease prevalence and incidence, suggests new research. Conducted in Tanzania, the research is the first randomised controlled trial exploring the use of the laser treatment, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), for patients with glaucoma in Sub-Saharan Africa.