Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty

Clewner & Kelly Eye Center -  - Ophthalmology & Cataract & Corneal Surgeon

Clewner & Kelly Eye Center

Ophthalmology & Cataract & Corneal Surgeons located in Boca Raton, FL

If you have glaucoma, you also have treatment options, including selective laser trabeculoplasty SLT). For residents of the community of Boca Raton, Florida, outstanding care is available through Lawrence Clewner, MD, William Kelly, MD, and the team at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center. Booking your visit takes just moments online or by phone, so don’t delay.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty Q & A

What is selective laser trabeculoplasty?

Selective laser trabeculoplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces intraocular pressure. It is an excellent treatment option for people with glaucoma, especially when more conservative treatments like medicated eye drops fail to deliver improvements.

SLT has been used for more than 25 years to treat glaucoma and has preserved the vision of tens of thousands of patients. The team at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center are highly skilled in this form of laser surgery and have extensive experience with these procedures. 

What happens during selective laser trabeculoplasty?

SLT is usually performed as an outpatient procedure so you’ll be able to return home the same day. Several eye drops will numb your eye, decrease the size of your pupil, and reduce the pressure in your eye prior to the procedure. 

A special contact lens is placed on your eye to prevent your eyelid from closing during the surgery. Your practitioner then directs the laser to the surface of your eye, where only the pigmented tissues absorb a portion of the heat generated by the laser. 

This type of laser surgery is sometimes referred to as a “cold laser.” It’s a great option that delivers results without significant pain and with minimal scarring. The procedure improves the drainage in your eye, lowering intraocular pressure. It takes time for the results to develop, so expect to see improvements within 1-3 months following your procedure. 

Am I a good candidate for selective laser trabeculoplasty?

If you have primary glaucoma or secondary open-angle glaucoma, selective laser trabeculoplasty might be a good fit for your needs. Many people pursue this treatment option after trying topical medications for a period of time and failing to get the results they would like. 

Others choose selective laser trabeculoplasty for the convenience factor. One simple surgical procedure can avoid the need for daily eye drops. 

As with any surgical procedure, it’s important that you share the full details of your health history with your medical team. This includes all medications and supplements you’re taking, as well as any other conditions for which you are currently being treated. 

Learn more about selective laser trabeculoplasty during a face-to-face consultation. You can schedule your visit using the easy online booking tool, or call to check appointment availability.