A 58-year-old female asked:
Does slt therapy have less side effects and safer than eye drops for glaucoma?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tim Conradanswered
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Little risk: The risk of problems with either is minimal. Drops are more frequently used, but slt is very easy. One treatment will last for years and takes about 10 minutes to do.
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Dr. Charles Titoneanswered
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Yes: Slt (selective laser trabeculoplasty) has risk of pressure spike right after and inflamation for a short time following the proceedure this is managed with medications for 4-7 days. The risk profiles for most glaucoma drops is also low but is ongoing as long as you take them. For the older individual (higher % of glaucoma patients) medication risks and interactions are more prevelent.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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