SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty) Laser
If your prescription eye drops aren’t doing the job, selective laser trabeculoplasty can help. If you are in need of these services or any eye care service, Dr. Desai and the team here at Desai Eye Center is here to help. We offer services in Edinburg, Texas, and throughout the Rio Grande Valley area.
Why Choose Desai Eye Center
When you are in need of eye care, you need a doctor that you can trust. Dr. Desai is one of the most trusted eye surgeons in the Rio Grande Valley area, serving the area since 2005. A 1984 graduate of Government Medical School in Surat, India, she completed her internship and residency in ophthalmology and fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases in India, working as head of the Vitreoretinal Department for three years at Rotary-sponsored Eye Hospital. She uses her experience and expertise to provide you with the services you need.
What is Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty?
SLT is a laser treatment for open-angle glaucoma that lowers eye pressure. It can be used as an initial treatment, instead of eye drop medications, or as an additional treatment when medications do not adequately reduce the eye pressure. It is often effective but that effectiveness may wear off after some period of time. It can be repeated but the effect may be reduced with repeat treatment. SLT is not a cure for glaucoma but one of many tools to keep it under control. More specifically, it is often used when eye drop medications are not lowering the eye pressure enough or are causing side effects that greatly affect vision.
Who is a Good Candidate For Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty Treatment?
This is an ideal treatment option for those who have primary or secondary open-angle glaucoma. This means that the drainage system in the front part of the eye is open, which can make it difficult to see. These patients often need to lower their intraocular pressure, which can be difficult to do with eye drops alone. After an evaluation, we will determine whether or not you are eligible for these services.
What is Recovery From This Procedure Consist of?
One of the reasons why SLT is a popular treatment option is because the recovery process is much easier than other eye treatment options. It even has a more favorable side effect profile than regular glaucoma medication options. Post-operative inflammation is common but generally mild and treated with observation or eye drops or an oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. There is an approximately 5% incidence of IOP elevation after laser, which can be managed by glaucoma medications and usually goes away after 24 hours.
Contact Us Today
If you think you may be a candidate for selective laser trabeculoplasty, give our team here at Desai Eye Center a call today. Dr. Desai has nearly two decades of experience serving the people of the Rio Grande Valley area. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you!