The team of the Longwood Eye & LASIK Center of Massachusetts believes in providing patients with vision and eye health solutions to ensure they can see clearly and function at their best. With conditions such as glaucoma, patients often experience a wide range of vision concerns that can become problematic. Our professionals work directly with individuals to help them in making the right choices for treatment. For some patients with glaucoma, our providers may recommend a unique treatment known as Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty treatment, otherwise referred to as SLT treatment.
What is Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, or SLT, treatment?
SLT is a laser treatment for glaucoma, a condition where the pressure in the eye becomes too high and can potentially cause damage to the optic nerve. During the procedure, a unique laser is used to target specific cells in the drainage channels of the eye, helping them function better and reducing intraocular pressure.
Is SLT treatment an effective solution for those with glaucoma when compared to other treatment options?
This treatment has been found over time to be effective and has fewer side effects than traditional glaucoma medications. It may also reduce or eliminate the need for those medications in some cases. However, it is not suitable for all types of glaucoma and may need to be repeated over time. Our team of professionals at the Longwood Eye & LASIK Center can work with you to better understand how this procedure works and whether or not it can assist you in finding relief from the pressure in the eye caused by glaucoma.
What can I expect during my SLT treatment appointment?
During your appointment, our professionals will discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have. The treatment itself is quick and painless, lasting only a few minutes per eye. Afterward, there may be some temporary discomfort or redness in the treated eye or eyes, which can easily be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Our team will also work with you in monitoring your intraocular pressure levels following the SLT treatment to ensure that it is effective for reducing pressure in the eye and managing symptoms of glaucoma.
Call our professionals to discuss your options today!
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, talk to your eye care provider about whether SLT treatment is proper for you! Call our team at the Longwood Eye & LASIK Center at 1-800-676-5050 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation. We have office locations throughout Massachusetts in the communities of Greenfield, Springfield, Fitchburg, and Gardner.