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Glaucoma laser – What is SLT?

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Laser for Glaucoma is an exciting treatment now available. Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that damages the optic nerve, causing vision loss. It is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Fortunately, many treatments are available to help manage it, such as Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT). In this blog post, we’ll discuss what SLT is and how it can be used to treat glaucoma.

What Is SLT?
SLT is a laser treatment used to reduce pressure inside the eye caused by glaucoma. SLT works by using low-energy lasers to activate pigment cells on the trabecular meshwork, which helps regulate the flow of fluid in and out of the eye. This helps reduce intraocular pressure (IOP), which can damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss if left untreated. SLT is performed in the clinic and has minimal recovery time.

Benefits of SLT
SLT offers several advantages over other forms of glaucoma treatment. For one, it does not require any incisions or injections into the eye as other treatments do. This makes it less invasive than some other options and can make a recovery much quicker and easier for patients. Additionally, SLT has been shown to be highly effective in reducing IOP levels in patients with open-angle glaucoma. Studies have also shown that SLT may provide long-term benefits as well as short-term ones since it can delay or even prevent further damage to the optic nerve caused by increased IOP levels.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is an effective treatment option for managing glaucoma symptoms such as high intraocular pressure (IOP). It offers numerous advantages over other forms of treatment, including its minimally invasive nature, effectiveness at reducing IOP levels, long-term benefits, and avoiding the use of glaucoma eye drops. If you are dealing with glaucoma or suspect that you might have it, talk to your optometrist about whether SLT would be a good option for you!

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