An estimated 2.8 million Americans are currently undergoing glaucoma treatment , and it is probable that there are at least that many more who have been undiagnosed. Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that can lead to eventual blindness. While there is no cure for glaucoma, several effective treatments and therapies exist that can help to preserve vision and protect the eye from damage.
Laser Glaucoma Treatment
One glaucoma treatment that is quite effective at managing the complications of the disease is called selective laser trabeculoplasty, or SLT. Glaucoma is a buildup of intraocular pressure as a result of a blocked drainage angle preventing the proper flow of fluid. SLT uses an intricately focused, low-level laser beam in order to create a new angle of drainage for the eye fluid.
SLT Glaucoma Treatment Procedure
If you are undergoing the SLT glaucoma treatment, your ophthalmologist will place special eye drops in your eyes either prior to or after the procedure. These drops lessen the amount of fluid present in the eyes so as to avoid a sudden spike in intraocular pressure. Your ophthalmologist will then use a microscope and lens to direct the laser beam to the location needed to provide drainage.
You may feel a sensation of heat during your SLT glaucoma treatment, but you should not experience any pain. You will not need to be admitted to the hospital, but you will need to wait to be checked by your ophthalmologist approximately two hours post-procedure, as well as schedule a follow-up appointment.
It is important that you continue to take any medications that your ophthalmologist has prescribed for your glaucoma, even after SLT treatment. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to find out if SLT treatment is right for you.
At the offices of Dr. Mark Hornfeld in New York, we provide a variety of ophthalmology services, including the SLT glaucoma treatment. Schedule an appointment today by calling (212) 580-8881.