SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty)

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a laser-enabled surgery to treat intraocular pressure caused by open-angle glaucoma. In patients with open-angle glaucoma, the trabecular meshwork (drainage tissue in the eye) does not allow for adequate outflow, causing intraocular pressure (IOP) which needs to be managed with medication or surgical intervention. Unregulated IOP can lead to blindness.

SLT is one of many management options to address IOP in open-angle glaucoma patients.

Glaucoma Surgery: SLT

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  • How Does SLT Work?

    A specialized low-powered laser is focused on the problematic drainage tissue in the effected eye. This causes a change in the tissue that promotes improved drainage, relieving and regulating eye pressure.

    Successful SLT treatment typically lasts for 1-5 years. Patients can undergo SLT surgery multiple times.
    SLT may replace the need for glaucoma medication in some patients, but additional medications will still be needed in some cases. Your ICON Eyecare doctor will work closely with you to determine the best course of action.

  • Is SLT Glaucoma Treatment Right for Me?

    SLT is most commonly used when ocular hypotensive medication is not lowering IOP enough or is causing adverse side effects, though in some cases SLT surgery may be recommended as the first course of action to treat glaucoma related IOP. SLT is also a popular treatment for glaucoma in older patients who cannot take the recommended medications or have trouble keeping up a consistent medication routine.

    When used as an initial treatment option, SLT can lower IOP up to 30%.

    If you’re interested in SLT as a treatment option for open-angle glaucoma, talk to you ICON Eyecare doctor.

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