Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty in San Antonio, TX

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When intraocular pressure (IOP) is uncontrolled and builds within the eye, it can cause damage to the optic nerve, which leads to the development of an eye disease known as glaucoma. If glaucoma forms, the eyes become incapable of relaying images to the brain, and the eventual outcome is usually blindness. At Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX, we are pleased to offer a range of solutions for glaucoma, including selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). This treatment works to create micro-injuries into the trabecular meshwork, improving the structure itself, as well as fluid flow throughout the eye. This technique is ideal for individuals who are diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma.

HOW IS SLT performed?

The selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes a highly advanced laser to create small micro-injuries within the trabecular meshwork, which is crucial to the eye's natural drainage system. However, these micro-injuries don't cause harm; rather, their purpose is to encourage the body's natural healing process so that the trabecular meshwork can produce new and healthy tissue to better drain fluid out of the eye. This unique laser technology only impacts the targeted cells, meaning that there is a low chance of damaging the surrounding tissue. SLT is a mild treatment so your recovery period should be short and breezy.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) FAQ

Does SLT (selective laser trabeculoplasty) hurt?
No, SLT isn’t painful. Before the procedure, your doctor at Focal Point Vision will numb the treated eye(s) with anesthetic drops to keep you comfortable. If they feel anything at all, most patients only report feeling a slight pressure during their procedure.

How long does an SLT procedure take?
The SLT procedure is very quick, often only taking a few minutes per eye.

Is SLT safe?
While there is a very small risk (only 5%) of pressure spiking after the procedure, SLT is considered very safe and effective. If a spike in pressure occurs, it is typically easily managed with glaucoma medications and usually resolves after about 24 hours.

How long does selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) last?
Most patients can expect the results and benefits of their SLT treatment to last between 1 – 5 years and longer in some cases. An SLT procedure can be repeated if the effects wear off.

Do you still need glaucoma medications after an SLT procedure?
Many patients can control their IOP (intraocular pressure) with an SLT laser treatment alone. Others may need additional supplementation with glaucoma medication to control their IOP.


Even individuals with mild to moderate glaucoma regularly experience interruptions in their day-to-day lives and the stress that comes with it. To help address your glaucoma and restore your eyesight, the team at Focal Point Vision are proud to perform SLT. At our San Antonio, TX locations, our board-certified ophthalmologists evaluate patients to determine the ideal solution for their unique situation.

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