A Safe and Painless Laser Procedure to Lower IOP
In Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), the surgeon uses a low-level energy laser to target specific cells in the mesh-like channels where fluid flows out of the eye. Using very short applications of light, the surgeon enlarges the openings so fluid will flow more readily. The treatment has been shown to lower intraocular pressure (IOP).
Nearly half who receive this SLT Laser surgery develop increased IOP again within five years, and then undergo a repeat treatment. In a healthy eye, a system is in place to maintain an even amount of pressure within the eye, taking care to drain fluid as the eye continues to produce more and more. Sometimes a blockage inside the eye can prevent this drainage from properly taking place, which is one of the causes of what’s known as open-angle glaucoma.