GHEORGHITA POPA, OLIMPIU L. KARANCSI, MARIA ALEXANDRA PREDA, MARIUS CRISTIAN SUTA, LAVINIA STELEA, OVIDIU MUSAT, STELLA IOANA POPESCU, NICOLAE CONSTANTIN BALICA, CAMELIA BOGDANICI, MIHNEA MUNTEANU ASSESSMENT OF PAIN DURING LASER-BASED PROCEDURES IN THE TREATMENT OF GLAUCOMA
Our study aimed to determine pain levels and the state of welfare connected to laser-based procedures in the treatment of patients diagnosed with uncontrolled glaucoma. The study group included 100 eyes of 100 patients diagnosed with glucoma, 50 of them being treated with micropulse transscleral laser cyclophotocoagulation, and the other 50 eyes being treated with continuous transscleral laser cyclophotocoagulation. We used visual analog scale to gather information from each patient. After analysing the individual information the following results were obtained: the pain level for the micropulse transscleral laser cyclophotocoagulation was 60.23 mm, signifying moderate pain; and the pain score for the continuous transscleral laser cyclophotocoagulation was 76.34 mm, corresponding to moderate-intense pain. Pain level generated by minimally invasive laser procedures is discussed.
Keywords: uncontrolled glaucoma, transscleral laser cyclophotocoagulation, visual analog scale