Have you been diagnosed with glaucoma, but are tired of having to constantly use your medicated eye drops? Or perhaps you are tired of eye drop schedules or side effects, the cost, or simply can’t remember to take your drops. If this sounds like you, you may be able to benefit from selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). Our skilled team of eye care professionals has the expert knowledge and experience to give you the amazing results you desire.
Selective laser trabeculoplasty is a procedure performed in the office to reduce intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma. On average, it can lower eye pressure by 20 to 30%. This treatment can be used alone or along with medicated eye drops.
This procedure has the word “selective” in it due to the unique property of the laser, which is only absorbed by selected pigmented tissue. This results in minimal heat energy absorption.
During the procedure, numbing eyedrops will be placed into the eye. Then, a special microscope and lens will be used to guide the laser beam to the canals (trabecular meshwork) where fluid drains from the eye. Small burns will be made in the trabecular meshwork with the laser. Drops will then be placed into the eye to prevent eye pressure from rising quickly.
Following treatment, mild inflammation of the eye may occur but can be treated. Results can last from 3-5 years, and the procedure can be repeated when the effect diminishes.
This procedure is a good option for those with glaucoma who, in spite of treatment, are not seeing improvement in their condition or have difficulty instilling drops. Older adults who have glaucoma who cannot use medications can also benefit from this surgery. However, this procedure is often less effective in those with inflammatory glaucoma. A consultation with one of our eye care specialists can help to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
If you would like to know more about selective laser trabeculoplasty at Eye Care Physicians of New Jersey to improve your glaucoma, contact us today! Your first step will be to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our eye care specialists.