What is Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT)?
One of the most common laser surgeries performed for open-angle glaucoma is selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). Glaucoma causes fluid buildup in the eye, leading to rising intraocular pressure, damage to the optic nerve, and vision loss. SLT is designed to help control and/or reduce intraocular pressure by getting fluids to drain more effectively from the eye. This procedure can lower intraocular eye pressure by up to about 25% in many patients. Our vision experts at West County Ophthalmology perform this minimally invasive laser procedure as well as many other procedures to manage intraocular pressure and slow the progression of glaucoma. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, contact one of our facilities in Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO to learn more about your treatment options including selective laser trabeculoplasty.
How is SLT performed?
The selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis. Prior to beginning your treatment, your ophthalmologist will numb your eyes with anesthetic drops so that you feel minimal discomfort. From there, the ophthalmologist will hold a special lens over your eye and target your trabecular meshwork between the lens and iris with the laser. You may see bright flashes of light but should experience very minimal pain. When completed, the treatment should result in better fluid drainage from your eye's trabecular meshwork.
Your ophthalmologist will schedule one or more follow-up appointments to check on your healing progress and measure your intraocular pressure. Some patients are able to discontinue glaucoma medications after SLT; your ophthalmologist will verify if this option is available to you in the weeks following your surgery.
Laser treatment for glaucoma
West County Ophthalmology offers the latest in advanced glaucoma treatments, including selective laser trabeculoplasty. If you are interested in learning more about selective laser trabeculoplasty or any other glaucoma treatment in Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO, please contact one of our facilities to schedule an appointment.
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