During SLT, your ophthalmologist applies laser energy to your eye’s drainage tissue, causing the tissue to change over time andefficiently support drainage of fluid. The result is less intraocular pressure.
Because the laser targets the pigmented drainage tissue, the rest of your eye won't absorb the laser energy.
Because laser therapy initiates biological and chemical changes in your body, it takes time to see results. However, most patients experienced lowered IOP beginning four to twelve weeks after they received the treatment.
According to clinical studies done on the procedure, SLT lowers intraocular pressure by 30% on average, making it a worthwhile treatment for many patients at risk of losing their vision.
However, SLT is not effective for all patients. Patients who don’t experience a long-term reduction in IOP after selective laser trabeculoplasty will require glaucoma medication after treatment.
When lowered IOP lasts less than six months, the procedure is considered unsuccessful.
Most patients experience a reduction in IOP that lasts between a year and five years before additional treatment is required. At that point, Dr. O'Day or Dr. Achiron can perform SLT again, or you can use glaucoma medication depending on your medical history and their advice.
SLT has been extensively studied in clinical trials and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which means trial data demonstrated the procedure is both safe and effective.
However, all medical procedures are accompanied by inherent risk. You can discuss the risks and benefits of SLT with your ophthalmologist before deciding on treatment.
Medicare and most medical insurance carriers cover SLT. Regardless of how you get insurance, you should contact your insurance carrier before your procedure to find out what you can expect to pay out of pocket for treatment.
The billing staff at Atlanta Vision Cataract and Laser Center can also assist you in planning for the financial aspect of treatment.
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