Laser eye surgery typically calls to mind Lasik, which corrects deficiencies in the eye and eliminates the need for corrective lenses. However, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), a type of laser technology, can also be used to correct more serious eye issues, including glaucoma.
For this procedure, an ophthalmologist applies an advanced “cold laser” through a special contact lens on specific areas of the eye that are experiencing increased pressure. The procedure is not painful and recovery time is minimal.
Visiting a specialist at Florida Eye Center can help you determine the best course of action if you have glaucoma, and will discuss whether laser treatment is right for you. However, if you meet these criteria, laser therapy may be recommended.
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Glaucoma is an eye condition in which the optic nerve is progressively damaged and it typically occurs as a result of abnormally high pressure in one or both eyes. This may be treated with eye drops or you may be prescribed medications.
Some people find that the eye drops are not effective enough or that there are side effects from the medication that are undesirable. If this is the case, it may be time to discuss SLT with your eye doctor. Glaucoma currently affects 3 million people, and for many of those people treatment with eye drops or medication is sufficient. However, for others, treatment with laser eye surgery in Tampa is a better option.
There are several types of glaucoma, and the disease is typically bilateral. If you have primary or secondary open-angle glaucoma and need to lower your intraocular pressure (IOP), you may be a candidate for SLT. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma, and is chronic and progressive. Although SLT will not reverse damage, it may be used to slow the progression of the disease.
An eye doctor in Tampa will discuss the specific type of glaucoma you are experiencing and will help you understand the relationship between open-angle glaucoma and IOP.
It’s important to remember that SLT is not a cure and will not undo the damage that has already been done, but it can relieve pressure, which may prevent further problems. The results are not immediate, and a patient can expect to experience the full effects of treatment within a month or two after the procedure.
If you are considering SLT, a laser surgery specialist will discuss whether you are a candidate. Consult an eye specialist in Tampa at the Florida Eye Center to schedule a consultation today.
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