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In glaucoma is trabectome surgery similar to slt laser treatment?

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Dr. George Yang
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
No: In a trabeculectomy, an opening is created in the eye, allowing fluid to escape into a created reservoir, thus lowering the eye pressure. Slt is a less invasive procedure where a laser is used to improve the outflow using the eye's natural drainage system to decrease pressure.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
No: Trabectome surgery requires an incision to allow entry of a surgical instrument designed to electrically ablate tissue from the trabecular mesh work and aspirate it frame the eye. This is one of the more minimally invasive angle surgeries available. Slt is a laser procedure that incorporates a proprietary wavelength of laser light energy directed at the trabecular mesh work to stimulate outflow.

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