Glaucoma Laser Surgery (ALT & SLT)

Glaucoma Laser Treatment
ALT: Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty

Laser trabeculoplasty is usually recommended for those patients with open glaucoma that progresses even with the use of medications. Although its less common, laser trabeculoplasty may be advised prior to trying medical treatment. This will vary depending on the type of glaucoma and the stage its in along with other factors.

What is ALT?

With this process it attempts to drain fluid from the eye lower the intraocular pressure. In open angle glaucoma, the normal draining site of the eye (the trabecular meshwork) may not function normally. With the trabecular meshwork encircles the iris. When the fluid has a hard time leaving the eye, the pressure will increase and cause loss of vision.

With ALT an Argon laser beam is directed at the trabecular meshwork. If the laser proves to be successful, changes occur in the trabecular meshwork that enable it to drain fluid more effectively.

What is SLT?

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty is a procedure clinically proven to treat glaucoma by reducing intraocular pressure in a single procedure. SLT can be a effective medication therapy and may be used as a primary treatment that may reduce or eliminate the need for topical glaucoma medications.

To learn more on both ALT & SLT please schedule an appointment at your local Palm Beach Eye Center.