SLT is a new type of laser treatment targeting the pigment containing cells within the trabecular meshwork, the area that aqueous drain away from the eyes. The laser with special wavelength which only stimulate the melanin containing cells in the trabecular meshwork and cause changes that can increase the outflow capacity of the meshwork and hence reduce the eye pressure.
SLT is performed in the clinic equiped with the laser. The procedure only takes a few minutes to perform. Prior to the procedure, anesthetic eye drops will be given then a special contact lens will be placed on the surface of the eye. The doctor will look through the microscope and target the laser beam to the trabecular meshwork. Generally, 360 degrees or about 100 laser shots will be delivered in one treatment session per eye.
SLT is very effective in lowering eye pressure comparable to glaucoma eye drops. The response rate is reported to be between 60-90% in the first year and lower the eye pressure by 20-40%. SLT could be performed at any stage of open angle glaucoma but the effectiveness increases if the treatment is performed at the early stage of the disease even before starting of any glaucoma eye drops.
Very few patients experience side effects from SLT treatment. Occasionally patients can experience transient inflammation and increase in eye pressure. Other side effects include transient blurring of vision, headache, corneal abrasion, corneal oedema (swelling), eye pain and conjunctivitis.
Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
City Hospital, Dudley Road
Birmingham B18 7QH
BMI Priory Hospital
Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UG
Phone: 0121 4461636
Consultation time: Saturday 8:30 am - 12:00
West Midlands Hospital
Colman Hill, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 2AH
Phone: 01384 560123
Consultation time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
BMI Droitwich Spa Hospital
St Andrews Road, Droitwich Spa WR9 8DN
Phone: 01905 793316
Consultation time: Monday 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Westbourne Centre
53 Church Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3SJ
Phone: 0121 456 0880
Consultation time: Tuesday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.