Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, or SLT, is the latest in laser treatment for Open-Angle Glaucoma and may be recommended by an ophthalmologist at Fraser Eye Care Center and the Eye Care Center of Port Huron.

SLT uses pulses of low energy laser light to target and shrink certain areas of the eye drainage system. This reduces pressure within the eye that could cause damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision. The procedure is less invasive to the eye than other glaucoma laser procedures and traditional glaucoma filtration surgery. Patients that have already been treated with other laser procedures can be treated with SLT. SLT is a painless procedure and requires no injections or needles. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes once the patient’s eye has been completely prepared for the procedure. Patients may experience seeing flashes of bright green or red light during the procedure, as the laser beam of light is reflected into the eye, and mild soreness and/or swelling inside the eye. Most patients resume normal activities right away.

Serious complications with SLT are extremely rare, but like any surgical procedure, it does have some risks. These risks are minimum and our doctors and staff are very experienced with the SLT procedure. We welcome the opportunity to discuss SLT and other treatment options for Glaucoma with patients to ensure all questions have been answered to our patients’ satisfaction.