Glaucoma is a disease in which increased pressure in the eye causes permanent damage to the Optic nerve. If this process is not treated this will lead to complete blindness.
There are several options for treating Glaucoma: various types of drops, laser treatments, and surgery.
In the past, the only available laser treatment involved burning a hole in the drainage system (trabecular meshwork). Although effective, this procedure causes significant damage to the meshwork.
Now an exciting new technology allows treatment of the meshwork without damage. Using this low powered laser we selectively clear the pigment cells, which clog the meshwork. The intraocular fluid can then drain freely, reducing the pressure in the eye.
The pressure lowering effect of SLT often takes several months to reach its full potential. And because there is no damage to the meshwork, this procedure can be repeated for additional pressure lowering effect when needed.
While some of our patients have been able to discontinue the use of drops, we cannot promise that you will have the same results. However, Dr. Bogart does feel that this new technology offers real help and hope to his Glaucoma patients.