Glaucoma is an abnormally high fluid pressure within the eye. As pressure builds, it can “pinch” both the optic nerve and the blood vessels which nourish the retina. The result is usually a slow loss of peripheral, or side vision, and eventual blindness.
If you have glaucoma, the biggest aggravation is the constant need to keep up with your eyedrops … costly eyedrops … every day. The good news is that you may be able to replace the eyedrops with a Medicare-covered laser procedure called Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty or SLT.
“The SLT is a great advancement that all of our glaucoma patients should know about. It is a brief and safe procedure, performed in our office, that could end years of the daily expensive glaucoma drops,” says Dr. Kortz.
Dr. Kortz continues, “Without getting too technical, the SLT laser selectively targets and stimulates certain cells while preserving surrounding tissue. This produces a biological effect in an area of the eye called the trabecular meshwork which stimulates the body’s natural mechanisms to enhance fluid outflow and thereby reduce intraocular pressure.”
What makes SLT such an attractive treatment option if you have glaucoma is the fact that it is a Medicare covered procedure as well as being covered by most insurance plans. If you have glaucoma, be sure to ask Dr. Kortz your doctor at Mullis Eye Institute about SLT laser treatment during your next visit.