Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a new procedure performed to lower intraocular pressure (IOP). SLT is an outpatient laser used to selectively target the pigmented trabecular meshwork cells in the angle of the eye. The outflow of aqueous humor is then enhanced and the IOP is lowered.
The procedure takes about 15 minutes to perform. Prior to the procedure, a topical anesthetic drop is placed on the eye and a contact lens is placed on the eye. The laser applications are made through a microscope that looks similar to the one Dr. Smith examines your eye with in the office. Once the laser is completed, you will have to wait for a period of time to have your eye pressure checked. Allow 2 hours for the entire procedure. You will need to use an anti-inflammatory drop in the eye for several days following the procedure.
Several postoperative visits will be scheduled to monitor your eye pressure. Expect several weeks before Dr. Smith sees a lower pressure in the eye treated. Early results show that the laser may be repeated if necessary.
Benefits of the laser include no adverse events from added medications and the delay of a surgical procedure. Please feel free to discuss SLT or other glaucoma procedures with Dr. Smith.