What Is Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)?
Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that causes excess intraocular pressure within the eye. Without early detection and preventive treatment, it could permanently damage your eyesight and cause partial or total vision loss. For patients who have glaucoma, it may seem overwhelming to hear this diagnosis. However, at Palm Beach Eye Center, our ophthalmologists offer innovative treatments for managing glaucoma, including selective laser trabeculoplasty in Lake Worth, FL. We use laser-assisted technology to reduce intraocular pressure and prevent long-term damage to your optic nerve. Known for its safe and effective results, SLT has helped patients decrease glaucoma symptoms for the last 20 years. Reduce your need for prescription medications and preserve your eyesight by calling our eye center in Lake Worth, FL to learn more.
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How is SLT performed?
Selective laser trabeculoplasty in Lake Worth, FL works best for patients with mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma. It can also help patients who have tried more conservative options, like eye drops. After completing a comprehensive consultation and developing a treatment plan, we can perform SLT as an outpatient procedure. During this time, we use targeted laser energy to precisely treat excess eye drainage in an area of eye tissue called the trabecular meshwork. Excess fluid buildup causes an increase in eye pressure and damages the optic nerve. To reduce problems associated with this issue, the laser makes “micro-injuries” and stimulates your body’s natural healing process. This process allows the fluid to flow naturally out of the eye through the drainage channels and lowers your eye pressure. After your treatment, you may have fuzzy vision for 1 – 2 days, and the symptom will subside on its own. Generally, it takes a couple of months to see your final results because your eye needs time during the healing process.
Can I get SLT?
If you have ocular hypertension, you may be a great candidate for SLT. Additionally, those with primary or secondary open-angle glaucoma could also be a great candidate for this treatment. We are happy to help you decide if this treatment is right for you.
Does SLT hurt?
SLT is a quick 15-minute outpatient procedure. We do use anesthetic drops to help you remain comfortable during your procedure. Many of our patients find that if they experience any discomfort, the results are worth it.
How long will it take to recover from SLT?
One of the great things about SLT is there is virtually no recovery or downtime. Aside from possible blurry vision for a day or two, you can get right back to work, school, or your other daily activities after your treatment.
Take Control of Glaucoma
Our compassionate eye doctors at Palm Beach Eye Center have extensive experience helping patients manage glaucoma. If you have prescription eye drops or medications but need a slightly more aggressive treatment, you may benefit from SLT. Located in South Florida and near Delray Beach, FL, please schedule an appointment with one of our expert ophthalmologists to learn more about glaucoma treatments such as selective laser trabeculoplasty in Lake Worth, FL.