SLT - Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty at LondonOC

LondonOC specialise in innovative technology to diagnose, monitor and treat Glaucoma

  • The SLT Laser is new technology using a safer more accurate laser to deliver a long established treatment – Trabeculoplasty.

SLT Laser

It's estimated 1 in 50 people will develop Glaucoma over the age of 40.

The Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty or SLT is new technology using a safer more accurate laser to deliver a long established treatment – Trabeculoplasty. This laser does not cause any scarring (unlike the old argon type lasers) and therefore can be safely used without causing any detriment to the eye or risk to any future surgeries (if required).

The Laser trabeculoplasty surgeries are used for patients with open angle glaucoma, and in some other secondary glaucomas. The laser is utilised to treat the drainage system of the eye known as the trabecular meshwork. Treating this area of the natural internal draining system is designed to improve the outflow of fluid from the eye. This type of laser surgery will be effective in some patients but not in all. The type of glaucoma may determine your response you have and the specific structures found in your drainage system. About 80% of patients have an adequate pressure reduction of 20-30%. The laser is painless, very safe, and requires no specialist pre or after care.

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Glaucoma Symptoms & Risk Factors

The main problem with Glaucoma is that there are no symptoms and it can go undetected, causing loss of vision - this is why screening is so important.

What are some of the risk factors for glaucoma?

  • A family history
  • Myopia (Short sightedness)
  • Diabetes
  • Age - the elderly are at more risk
  • Thin Corneas- that's why everyone should undergo a corneal measurement
  • Low Corneal Hysteresis (shock absorbing or mechanical elasticity)
  • Race- its more common amongst black and asians
  • High eye pressure - if your eye pressure is higher than normal
  • Previous eye injury



Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty at London OC

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Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty for Glaucoma Treatment

While there are medical conditions and hereditary traits that can increase your chances of having glaucoma, this is a disease that can strike anybody.

The Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty procedure may be performed in one or two trips to the centre. The laser machine is similar to the examination microscope that the ophthalmologist uses at each visit to look into your eyes. The laser itself makes very little noise and you may see a red beam. Nearly all patients find the procedure comfortable and it is usually pain free. The procedure generally takes about 5 to 10 minutes.

There is no downtime at all after the laser, recovery is instant, and you do not have to take any precautions after the laser treatment. Some people may not require daily anti-glaucoma eyedrops as a result of the laser safely lowering the eye pressure in approximately 75% of patients.

The laser is proven to be safe and effective. It is well established in Ophthalmology, having been used for decades in the treatments of not only glaucoma but also retinal conditions. The new generations of this type of laser have made the treatment not only more effective, but more accessible for many patients who require a lower eye pressure, and a healthier eye!


Why choose LondonOC

We only specialise in eye care – we are the first exclusive London ophthalmic clinic and surgery centre with over 40,000 procedures done by our surgeons.

Only specialist lead consultant surgeons who are specialists in their field of ophthalmology. Our world renowned surgeons hold consultant positions in NHS teaching hospitals, so you know you’ll receive the best care. They are all registered on the specialist GMC register and hold fellowships with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Our surgeons have over 60 years of combined experience in eye surgery.

We are a CONSULTANT ONLY SERVICE NOT JUST Consultant led meaning you will only see a consultant at each visit. Unlike most other clinics, we do not have any junior (non-consultant grades), nor opticians or technicians present for any part of your care. It’s all delivered by your consultant. As an extra service, you will have direct contact and access to your consultant surgeon before, during and after your treatment. We promise you will see the same consultant at every visit and receive the very best care and advice.


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