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What is a trabeculoplasty?

What is a trabeculoplasty?

Laser Tx 4 glaucoma: Trabeculoplasty, by using one of several FDA approved laser delivery modalities, is a treatment for lowering intraocular pressure in open-angle glaucoma. Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty is the most commonly used treatment modality that I use in patient's likely to respond well to laser treatment. ...Read more

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What risks and complications are associated with a trabeculoplasty?

What risks and complications are associated with a trabeculoplasty?

Trab: risk=It may not work.works about 75% .side effects= Increase in eye pressure,usually of short duration and controled by drops give at time of procedure. Inflammation usually of short duration and controled with drops if necessary. Either can cause slight blur and slight pain. Usually the procedure is very benign. ...Read more

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I want to know if selective laser trabeculoplasty is safe?

I want to know if selective laser trabeculoplasty is safe?

Yes: Slt is used to lower the pressure in glaucoma. It is minimally invasive and safe. As with all lasers, some inflammation or tempoary rise in eye pressure can be expected. ...Read more

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What are the steps involved in performing laser trabeculoplasty?

What are the steps involved in performing laser trabeculoplasty?

Laser: Step 1-- eye drops in the eye; step 2-- numbing drops; step 3-- sit down in front of laser and adjust head to fit machine; step 4-- doctor will check focus of machine; step 5-- doc will put small contact lens on eye to focus laser; step 6-- laser is performed for a few minutes (no pain); step 7-- more eyedrops; step 8-- check eye pressure in 30 minutes; step 9-- go home. ...Read more

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Is an slt laser trabeculoplasty effective?

Is an slt laser trabeculoplasty effective?

Yes: It can work for some patients (not all). Other treatmnets for glaucoma include medication eye drops and eye surgery (trabeculectomy, tube shunt, stents, etc.). ...Read more

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What to do if I have an slt laser trabeculoplasty?

What to do if I have an slt laser trabeculoplasty?

Usually Nothing: There is no preoperative care involved with SLT. I personally don't prescribe any postoperative medication after the surgery although some doctors prescribe a short course of steroidal or nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drops. I have my patients return 6 weeks after the procedure to measure the eye pressure and determine if there has been adequate pressure lowering from the procedure. ...Read more

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Selective laser trabeculoplasty for glaucoma == what is it like?

Selective laser trabeculoplasty for glaucoma == what is it like?

Light flashes: Your ophthalmologist or glaucoma specialist uses this device to administered an moderately intense laser beam to the drainage sites of the eye (meshwork) to cause them to transmit fluid better and lower the internal eye pressure. It is usually painless, rapid and the response follows quickly. ...Read more

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What are brimondine (alphagan) drops used for during a laser trabeculoplasty procedure?

Pressure: They are generally used to lower the pressure in the eye or to help avoid pressure spikes following the laser procedure. ...Read more

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Selective laser trabeculoplasty glaucoma treatment! what is this like?

Benign: This is performed under topical (drops) anesthesia - no needles, no hospital admission, no advance preparation. A special lens is placed on the numbed eye, and the instrument is focused on the internal fluid drainage system and you may notice a series of light flashes. Afterwards there is no pain or ill effects. Your ophthalmologist will want to see you the next day when the effect starts. ...Read more