What is a Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)?
Fluid buildup in the eye can increase intraocular pressure and damage the eye's optic nerve. This common vision threat is called glaucoma, and early intervention is vital to slowing the progression of the disease and preventing vision loss. A selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a minimally invasive procedure to treat open-angle glaucoma. SLT targets the eye's fluid-draining trabecular meshwork with short pulses of lower-energy laser light, prompting the body's natural healing process to produce new, healthy tissue that will properly drain fluid from the eye. Clewner & Kelly Eye Center is proud to offer selective laser trabeculoplasty and invites you to schedule a consultation with one of our glaucoma specialists in Boca Raton, FL, to learn if SLT can help preserve your vision.
How is Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty performed?
The selective laser trabeculoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure and generally takes only 5 – 10 minutes per eye. Before the procedure, a member of our team will administer anesthetic drops to your eyes so that you experience minimal discomfort. Using targeted laser energy, our glaucoma specialist in Boca Raton, FL will create a series of micro-injuries in the trabecular meshwork of your eyes. As the laser is selective, only targeted areas are affected, and the surrounding healthy tissue will be preserved. The body's natural healing ability will then generate healthy new tissue in the eye's trabecular meshwork, which will promote better fluid drainage within the eye. Directly following the procedure, you may experience some blurred vision and eye irritation, but these effects should only last around 24 hours. Intraocular pressure should decrease after SLT eye surgery, with maximum results measurable after approximately three months.
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Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty FAQ
How is recovery from Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty?
Patients seeking selective laser trabeculoplasty in Boca Raton, FL, can expect to have some blurred vision up to 24 hours after surgery. Our surgical team recommends you avoid driving for 2 – 3 days following your SLT eye surgery.
How long does it take for Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty to work?
The full effect of the procedure can usually be measured in about three months, and the effect can last up to five years in some patients.
Can Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty be repeated?
Yes, this laser treatment for glaucoma can be repeated if the original effect is no longer active. Your ophthalmologist will discuss all your glaucoma treatment options with you prior to repeating SLT.
Treat Glaucoma and Preserve Vision
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, you may fear gradual vision loss and a serious detrimental impact on your overall quality of life. Thankfully, the vast majority of glaucoma patients who visit their eye doctor regularly and receive treatment will retain their vision. A selective laser trabeculoplasty is a quick and minimally invasive laser treatment for glaucoma that can help reduce intraocular pressure. To discuss this and other treatment options for glaucoma, consult one of our board-certified ophthalmologists at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center in Boca Raton, FL.