Most patients who are diagnosed with glaucoma are started on eye drop medications to treat their glaucoma. Sometimes, several different drops must used in combination to control the eye pressure.
Some patients struggle with eye drops for a variety of reasons:
the bottles are small and difficult to aim just right patients with a tremor can have a hard time getting drops in properly it can be easy for many people to forget to use drops.
In addition, sometimes eye pressures remain high despite medications, and in these cases, it may make sense to use a laser to help lower eye pressure.
SELECTIVE LASER TRABECULOPLASTY (SLT)
SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty) is a safe and simple in-office laser treatment that effectively reduces eye pressure for most patients with glaucoma. The SLT mechanism of effect does not rely on medicines, instead, it uses an advanced laser system to target only specific cells of the eye—those containing melanin, a natural pigment. This allows for only these cells to be affected, leaving surrounding tissue intact. As a result, your bodyʼs own healing response helps lower the pressure in your eye.
BENEFITS OF SLT
• Safe: SLT is not associated with systemic side effects or the compliance and cost issues of medications.
• Selective: SLT utilizes selective photothermolysis to target only specific cells, leaving the surrounding tissue intact.
• Smart: SLT stimulates the body’s natural mechanisms to enhance outflow of the fluid in your eye.
• Sensible: SLT therapy is reimbursed by Medicare and many other insurance providers, which minimizes your out-of-pocket expenses.
To see if the SLT laser is right for you, contact us to schedule an evaluation.