Glaucoma Treatment

SLT laser treatment (selective laser trabeculoplasty) is a safe, painless office procedure that may allow many glaucoma patients to eliminate or reduce the need for eye drops.  Most of our glaucoma patients are treated with drops to lower the pressure in their eyes.  While the drops are, for the most part, effective, there are some distinct disadvantages to these medications:

  • Eye drops must be used one to four times a day, and many patients forget to use them as often as is necessary.
  • It is often inconvenient to instill the eye drops as scheduled, especially at work or in social settings.
  • While eye drops are usually very safe, there is always the possibility a patient may develop a reaction or an allergy to any medication.
  • The eye drops can be very expensive.

An SLT laser treatment, which is covered by most insurance plans, takes just few minutes and does not require any recovery time.  You may drive yourself to and from the procedure and resume all your normal activities immediately.  If you have glaucoma and want to know more about SLT laser treatment options, please call for an appointment to discuss whether this treatment may be appropriate for your unique situation. 

An Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who is trained in traditional medical school and then in a residency focused on diseases of the eye and all types of surgical procedures for the eyes and eyelids. Ophthalmologists have the ability to provide total eye care. Optometrists are trained through specialized schools in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of vision and refractive problems of the eye, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, and are also trained to fit glasses and contact lenses and to prescribe aids for low vision, such as glasses and contact lenses.

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