Glaucoma is an eye condition that affects the optic nerve, which can cause damage to an individual's vision if left untreated. However, if you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, there is hope for managing your disease and preserving your existing vision. At Vance Thompson Vision, our ophthalmology surgeons provide many different, effective solutions to treat glaucoma. One of these innovative techniques is known as selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), which utilizes a laser to lower your intraocular pressure. SLT has been used on glaucoma patients in the U.S. for the last 20 years and is known to be a safe treatment. After SLT, many patients have been able to reduce their dependence on prescription medications, like eye drops. If you would like to find out more about preserving your sight with advanced glaucoma treatments, call our team to schedule an appointment at our office in South Sioux City, NE.
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Best Candidates for SLT
Only an experienced ophthalmology professional can determine whether you are a good candidate for SLT or another glaucoma treatment. The best candidates for SLT are individuals with mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma who have not had success reducing their eye pressure with first-line treatments, like eye drops. During your eye exam in South Sioux City, NE, we will perform diagnostic tests and discuss your health history in order to create the best plan to address your specific condition.
How SLT Is Performed
We perform SLT on an outpatient basis at Vance Thompson Vision. After your eyes are numbed prior to your treatment, targeted laser energy will be applied to your eye's drainage channel (also known as the trabecular meshwork). The laser energy creates selective "micro-injuries" without damaging the surrounding tissue. This prompts the body's natural healing mechanism to help the fluid flow out of the eye, which lowers intraocular pressure.
Since SLT is a relatively mild treatment, you can expect to get back to your daily activities after you return home. It is possible to experience blurry vision or irritation for 1 – 2 days following the procedure, but this should subside. It could take a few months before you see the full results of your SLT treatment since this procedure works by stimulating your body's gradual healing process. It is important to continue monitoring your intraocular pressure regularly, as well as attend any follow-up appointments with your doctor.
Take Control of Glaucoma
The caring specialists at Vance Thompson Vision understand the debilitating toll that glaucoma can take on an individual's daily life. If prescribed medications aren't working well enough to manage your condition, we can perform a number of advanced glaucoma treatments right here in the Siouxland area. To find out if you are a candidate for SLT or another surgery option, contact our office in South Sioux City, NE. We are here to help you manage your vision needs so you can maintain your independence and live with renewed peace of mind.