Are you tired of taking expensive drops for your glaucoma? Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) may be the answer.
SLT is a fast, effective & painless ‘cold’ laser treatment that is used to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma patients. It may reduce the need and the expense of eye drop medication. The outpatient procedure is so safe that it can be used on patients where traditional glaucoma therapy has not been successful, and it can even be repeated, if needed. SLT is FDA approved and covered by Medicare.
SLT is sometimes the first-line treatment for open-angle glaucoma because it has few side effects, and it eliminates the compliance issues that drops have. It can save the patient a lot of money as glaucoma eyedrop medications can be very expensive.
SLT has been used in the US and around the world for about 20 years. Patients with open-angle glaucoma are a candidate. It works to lower the IOP by opening up the drainage tissue.
SLT usually last between 1 and 5 years. The good news is that it can be performed again without complication. It is still important for people with glaucoma to continue to monitor their pressure and see the eye doctor on a regular basis.
Some patients may need to continue with drops to keep their IOP as low as possible, but they may benefit by only needing one drop instead of two. The most important thing is keep your eye pressure low with any means possible.