What is SLT?

SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty) is a gentle laser treatment offered to improve intraocular pressure (IOP) control in Ocular Hypertension (OHT) or in certain types of glaucoma.

How SLT works?

The laser uses low potential energy to stimulate specific cells (melanin rich) in trabecular meshwork. This in turn improves the outward flow of the fluid from the eye to offer better IOP control.

SLT may help to bring IOP down directly or may help to improve overall IOP control indirectly by decreasing diurnal variation. It takes around few weeks to months to see benefit of SLT.

SLT may work in 3 out of 5 patients and when it works then it may last on an average of 2 years.Who can benefit from SLT?

Who can benefit from SLT

  • Patients who need treatment for their raised IOP, diagnosed as OHT (Ocular Hypertension) or various types of open angle glaucoma.
  • Patients who cannot tolerate the eye drops or prefer not to use the eyedrops or find it difficult to use it regularly.
  • Patients who are already on the drops but need further reduction of IOP.
  • Patients who have got limited options of choosing the drops due to pregnancy or systemic co morbidities.