WHAT IS SLT?
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is an in-clinic, simple, painless procedure which helps to reduce intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma.
The laser is applied through a special contact lens to the drainage channels inside the eye where it stimulates a biochemical change to improve the outflow of fluid from the eye.
WHY CHOOSE SLT OVER DROPS?
NICE guidance has recently advised that SLT should be offered as a first-line treatment for glaucoma, when clinically suitable and available.
SLT can reduce, or in some cases eliminate, the need for eye drops. The long-term effect of drops can have side effects, such as dry and irritable eyes and people often forget to take them.
SLT is very safe and effective.
WHO IS A SUITABLE FOR SLT?
Most patients diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma requiring a reduction in intraocular pressure (IOP) are eligible for the procedure.
One of our clinicians will be happy to review your suitability and discuss the benefits of the procedure with you.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT AND HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
SLT is very effective at lowering IOP for around 3 to 5 years, and can be repeated if necessary.
The average reduction in IOP is comparable to the effect of the most commonly used glaucoma eye drops.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT DOESN'T WORK?
If SLT fails to lower the IOP, then glaucoma is treated by other means such as medications or surgery.
The laser does not affect the success of these other types of treatment.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We are currently offering an introductory off for SLT treatment of just £595 for both eyes (if required), which includes any post-op checks.
You will then return to your regular 6 monthly or annual follow-up programme under the NHS or privately.