We are proud to announce that we are now offering SLT Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty treatment in our Arlington, VA office. The SLT laser is a quick 5 min in office procedure that can be used to lower eye pressures to treat glaucoma. It can also be used to reduce drop burden in many glaucoma patients. It is considered medically necessary by most insurance companies for the treatment of glaucoma.
SLT has been used since 1995 and has a proven track record for efficacy. On average, SLT can lower eye pressure by 20 to 30%. The laser is successful in about 80% of patients. In addition, studies have shown that SLT has a similar outcome compared to the most effective glaucoma eye drops. The treatment effect may last 3 to 5 years and SLT can be repeated when the original treatment effect diminishes.