SLT is a brief and painless office procedure. The eye is anesthetized with a drop, and a contact lens applied to the eye to aim the laser and prevent blinking. During the procedure, the patient will hear a series of clicks and see flashing lights. Immediately after the procedure, the vision may be slightly blurred and the eye slightly irritated.
Elevated eye pressure is rarely seen immediately following SLT. The physician will check your eye pressure after SLT to ensure this has not occurred.
Alternate treatments for glaucoma include eye drops or surgery.
Glaucoma may cause loss of vision. Careful monitoring and control of eye pressure are crucial in preserving vision in glaucoma patients. SLT is an effective and safe procedure for lowering eye pressure.