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Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (otherwise known as SLT) is clinically proven to treat glaucoma by safely and effectively reducing intraocular pressure in a single office procedure.  SLT laser treatment has been proven to reduce IOP (intra ocular pressure) with little to no side effects.   Intraocular pressure (or IOP) is the fluid pressure inside the eye.  Having high pressure can lead to damage to the optic nerve, which is the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain.  In general, glaucoma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled.   Selective laser trabeculoplasty uses a lower-level laser to open the drainage angle of the eye.  It treats specific cells “selectively,” leaving untreated portions of the trabecular meshwork intact. SLT laser may be helpful in treating patients with open angle glaucoma that continues to worsen in spite of eye drop treatment. It may also be an alternative for those with open angle glaucoma that are not compliant with eye drops or have a hard time getting eye drops into their eye.  Selective laser trabeculoplasty is not performed on patients with closed-angle glaucoma.   Regular eye exams are important to detect progression of glaucoma and to prevent vision loss.

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