International Ophthalmology

, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 2327–2333 | Cite as

Corneal endothelial changes following a single session of selective laser trabeculoplasty for pseudoexfoliative glaucoma

  • Nurgül ÖrnekEmail author
  • Kemal Örnek
Original Paper



To evaluate corneal endothelial cell parameters after a single session of selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) in pseudoexfoliative glaucoma (PEG) patients.


Corneal endothelial cell parameters of 18 PEG patients were compared with 18 healthy subjects following SLT treatment. All patients underwent SLT treatment to 180 degrees of inferior trabecular meshwork. Corneal measurements were performed using specular microscopy (Noncon Robo SP8000, Konan Medical, Hyogo, Japan). Endothelial cell density (ECD), hexagonal cell ratio (HEX), coefficient of variation (CV) of the corneal endothelial cell layer and central corneal thickness of the patients were measured at each visit.


There was a statistically significant decrease in ECD (p = 0.004) and a statistically significant increase in CV (p = 0.041) at superior cornea 1 week after SLT. They returned to pre-SLT values at 1 month. One hour post-SLT HEX of inferior cornea was statistically significantly reduced (p = 0.01). At central cornea, there was a significant increase in HEX after 1 week (p = 0.001). Post-SLT IOP showed a significant positive correlation with CV and significant negative correlation with HEX at superior and inferior cornea. There was no correlation between total laser energy used and endothelial cell parameters.


Effect of a single session of SLT on corneal endothelium of PEG patients appears to be transient, and superior cornea was more affected than central and inferior cornea. All parameters returned to pre-SLT values at 1 month after treatment.


Selective laser trabeculoplasty Pseudoexfoliative glaucoma Corneal endothelium Central corneal thickness Intraocular pressure 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ophthalmology, School of MedicineKırıkkale UniversityKırıkkaleTurkey
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyKudret Eye HospitalAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Göz Hastalıkları Anabilim DalıKırıkkale Üniversitesi Tıp FakültesiYahşihanTurkey

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