Selective laser trabeculoplasty

SLT treatment, also known as Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, aims to improve the drainage of the inner eye aqueous humor. This is especially important in glaucoma (cataract) because the balance between production and outflow ensures a balanced intraocular pressure. The main purpose of SLT treatment is to preserve your vision and protect the optic nerve from (further) damage.

How does Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty work?

The SLT laser activates the pigment cells of the eye with ultra-short light pulses. The aim is to stimulate these cells with the laser light and thereby activate their self-healing process. This is to restore the balanced equilibrium for aqueous humor outflow. The pressure-lowering effect that occurs after laser treatment often lasts for a long time. The surrounding tissue is not stressed in the process. SLT treatment can be performed on an outpatient basis with anesthetic eye drops. The procedure is virtually painless and usually takes only five to ten minutes. The laser application can be repeated several times if necessary.

The device for selective laser trabeculoplasty, in short: SLT
The SLT laser

After a few weeks, the eye pressure should then be significantly lower than before the treatment. If the intraocular pressure rises again later, the treatment can be repeated without hesitation. If the pressure-lowering effect of SLT alone is not sufficient, additional eye drops can be used to further lower intraocular pressure.

SLT laser therapy is one of the main treatment areas at BeyondEye. By the way, the costs are borne by the statutory health insurance companies.

For whom is the SLT treatment suitable?

SLT treatment may be suitable for you if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • Ocular hypertension. Here, treatment prevents progression to glaucoma
  • Open-angle glaucoma, pseudoexfoliation glaucoma or pigment dispersion glaucoma
  • In case of intolerance to glaucoma drops
  • After an ALT (Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty) treatment and afterwards again increased intraocular pressure

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