When the progressive onset of eye disease threatens your vision, laser surgery for glaucoma could be exactly what you need to stop buildup in its tracks and possibly even restore your sight. At Outlook Eyecare, we offer a range of treatment options, including a minimally invasive technique called selective laser trabeculoplasty, that’s safe, effective, and remarkably free of side effects.
To address the excess pressure in your eye, your doctor may suggest selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). This procedure uses a low-energy laser to stimulate the eye’s existing drainage system, helping to clear out fluid and decrease overall pressure. Since it was first introduced in 1995, SLT has racked up an impressive track record; most statistics indicate the treatment is successful in around 80% of cases, lowering eye pressure by as much as 30%. Though SLT is not a permanent solution — results generally last between one and five years — the procedure can be repeated when the side effects of glaucoma return.
SLT is prized not only for its results but also because it doesn’t cause the scarring or damage sometimes seen with traditional treatments and more invasive surgical techniques. There’s little to no downtime afterward, and in some cases, treatment may even eliminate the need for daily drops.
SLT may be a promising option for patients with primary open angle glaucoma. This most common form of the disease is marked by an excess of fluid and can cause significant vision issues or even blindness if left unchecked. SLT can be used as the first course of treatment, particularly in cases where the patient is unable or won’t follow a pharmaceutical regimen or when other therapies fall short of the desired results. It can also be used in combination with other treatments, such as prescription medications, to encourage an exponentially optimal outcome.
Selective laser trabeculoplasty is an outpatient procedure. On the day of your appointment you’ll receive eye drops to help numb the eye, decrease your pupil size, and temporarily lower eye pressure. Your doctor then fits you with a specially designed contact lens to keep your eye open and in position as he or she uses short laser pulses to complete the treatment. Though you may feel some movement or other sensations as the lens rotates and the laser does its work, the procedure itself is virtually painless and takes less than 10 minutes per eye.
Afterward, you may experience blurry vision, sensitivity to light, or a mild ache as your eyes adjust, but typically you can return to your daily routine as soon as you’re comfortable. You may need to wait until the next day to drive due to the effects of the presurgical drops and jelly used to facilitate treatment. Be sure to follow your doctor’s directions; you may be prescribed anti-inflammatory drops and you’ll be instructed to schedule follow-up appointments to track your eye pressure.
Our commitment to quality care starts with our talented optical team. Each of our highly trained ophthalmologists, optometrists, and eyewear experts excels at their specialty, combining extensive hands-on experience and finely honed techniques to provide the best care possible. Combine that dedication and skill with access to our state-of-the-art equipment and ongoing training and you’re in phenomenal hands.
Thanks to our diverse staffing, Outlook Eyecare is able to offer a wide range of services that includes everything from basic screenings to advanced cataract treatment. It’s a broad, all-encompassing approach to eye health delivered with the warmth and attention of a small, boutique-style practice — everything you need to achieve a swift, accurate diagnosis and receive unparalleled care.
From routine eye exams to cutting-edge surgery, Outlook Eyecare provides the eyecare services you need to live life to the fullest. If you’d like to learn more about your glaucoma treatment options, including selective laser trabeculoplasty, contact us today.
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