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SLT Laser

One form of treating glaucoma is with Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, or SLT. The SLT procedure works to treat glaucoma by reducing pressure of the eye with use of a safe and painless laser procedure. The results of the surgery can be so effective, that when combined with regular glaucoma medication, can treat glaucoma or even sometimes replace the need for medication all together.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty is incredibly safe, and is not associated with any systemic side effects. Common, mild side effects include inflammation, temporary increase in eye pressure, eye pain, or inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye. SLT naturally increases your eye’s outflow of fluid, thus reducing the pressure.

What may be the most beneficial part of using SLT to treat glaucoma is that the process uses selective photothermolysis, which is to say that it only targets cells with melanin, leaving the surrounding tissue completely untouched, unharmed, and intact. Since these other cells are not damaged, your body’s own healing process will recognize the reconstructed cells and begin to heal them naturally.

The process is incredibly quick and takes just minutes to complete, once the eye has been numbed with eye drops. There is no pain at all in the procedure, though many people see flashes of light and do experience some redness in or around the eye. Since the surgery is noninvasive and requires no anesthesia, patients can drive themselves home once the surgery is complete. A follow-up appointment is necessary, however, to evaluate your eye health and the results of the treatment.

Contact Beverly Hills Vision Institute today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khodabakhsh to discuss your glaucoma. He will perform a thorough examination and determine whether or not SLT is right for you.