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SLT for Glaucoma

What you should know about glaucoma and slt nano laser

Ten important things you must know about glaucoma and SLT

  1. Glaucoma is treated by eyedrops or laser slt nano or surgery. eyedrops have side effects like dark circles around the eyes, pain, redness,stinging,asthma attacks,heart fibrillation,sleepyness,cataract formation,and corneal and retinal damage in contrast slt has no side effects
  2. SLT usually lowers pressure of eye eye between 3 and 6 MMHG.this is comparable to strong eyedrops with plenty of side effects.slt nano is a better alternative to eyedrops
  3. Surgery can be done but has its own set of side effects like bleeding,recurrence,blindness,bad vision etc.if surgery can be postponed or avoided with slt it is a good choice.
  4. SLT nano is painless,you can for example do it in the morning and go back to work right after
  5. SLT nano is repeatable.the effect lasts 1 -3 years,since we are not making a hole or cutting and its painless it can be easily repeated upto 2-3 times
  6. Works best on first time glaucoma sufferers.if you’ve just been diagnosed with glaucoma slt nano is the best choice as it will drop pressure and you may have to put just one eyedrop after that instead of putting 3-4 eyedrops 4 times a day.
  7. Regular slt has been around for 15 years,this nano system is one third the energy of those and works even better.its the first unit in india,august 2017
  8. If you’ve been on eyedrops for a long time and are experiencing side effects like redness stinging and fluctuating vision go for slt nano as an alternative
  9. Even reducing pressure of the eye by 1 to 2 points can significantly prolong the time before glaucoma leads to blindness
  10. SLT nano is simple takes 3-4 minutes per eye and is repeatable.

Have You Been Diagnosed with High Eye Pressure or Glaucoma?

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease that is called "the thief of sight," because CENTRAL vision loss is NOT the first sign. First side vision decreases and then central vision. If left untreated, glaucoma leads to vision loss by causing damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is located in the back of your eye and sends images to your brain, allowing you to see. Damage to the optic nerve is often caused by high eye pressure. High eye pressure is the #1 risk factor for glaucoma. With early diagnosis of high eye pressure and effective treatment options, your riskfor vision loss due to glaucoma can be reduced.

What is eye pressure?

Your eyes naturally produce fluid that gives them their pressure and shape. Healthy eye pressure usually less than 20 is maintained as fluid flows in and out of your eye. Everyone has an eye pressure range that is healthy and normal for them If fluid builds up inside the eye, eye pressure can increase. Some people need pressure as low as 12 to maintain vision,so 20 may be too high for them. Looking at the eye and the nerve and the fields the doctor will decide on a TARGET pressure which is right for you. High eye pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve, which can lead to vision loss.

Why is controlling eye pressure important?

High eye pressure is the #1 risk factor for glaucoma. High eye pressure and sudden changes in eye pressure can increase your risk for vision loss. 5.6 Not taking your eye drop medication as prescribed by your doctor can cause sudden changes in your eye pressure.

Frequently asked questions about SLT

What should I expect during NANO SLT Therapy?

Before the laser treatment, a health care worker will place eye drops in your eyes. During the laser therapy, you will be looking through a lens, similar to when you are having an eye exam. Your eye doctor will apply the laser through the lens and you will hear a series of clicks. The process typically takes a few moments and the majority of patients describe it as painless.

What should I expect after NANO SLT Therapy?

The most common side effect of NANO SLT is mild eye irritation. Your eye doctor may prescribe eye drops to treat the mild irritation for a short-time after the procedure. For many patients, the mild irritation goes away on its own in a day or two.

Can I stop taking my glaucoma medication after I have SL T?

You will need to schedule a follow-up appointment with your eye doctor to determine how effective NANOSLT was in lowering your eye pressure. Your eye doctor may have you continue taking your current eye drop medication or may prescribe a new medication. Only your eye doctor can determine if and when you can stop taking your medication.

Can I have SLT therapy more than once?

Unlike other laser therapies for the treatment of glaucoma, NANO SLT is repeatable. Your eye doctor may perform a series of treatments over a period of weeks or months to reduce your eye pressure. If your eye pressure should 'drift' or increase over the years, NANO SLT may be repeated to reduce your eye pressure again.

Do you ever forget to take your glaucoma medication?

You are not alone

More than 90% of glaucoma patients do not take their prescription eye drop medication regularly9 Forgetting to take your medication can cause large changes in eye pressure that can increase your risk for vision loss. 2,5 SLT may reduce the long-term hassle, discomfort, and risks that come with forgetting to take your eye drop medication.

Are you looking for glaucoma therapy with long-term control?

NANO SLT provides the same eye pressure control as the #1 prescribed glaucoma eye drop medication10 SLT is clinically proven to provide long-term control of eye pressure and may reduce or eliminate your need to take eye drop medication.8 SLT does not cause long-term redness or irritation of the eye that is often associated with commonly prescribed eye drop medication.

Are you spending too much on glaucoma medication?

NANO SLT is a cost-effective glaucoma therapy

If you are taking 1 to 3 types of eye drop medication every day, you may spend between Rs. 10,000/- to Rs.25,000- a year on your glaucoma medication. One year after SLT, more than 87% of patients reduced their eye drop medication use by at least one eye drop medication per day. SLT may reduce or eliminate your need to take eye drop medication for glaucoma. And, this means that you could reduce the amount of money that you spend on your eye drop medication.

NANO SLT?
  • • SLT has been FDA cleared for more than 15 years to lower eye pressure.
  • • SLT is clinically proven to provide long-term control of eye pressure.
  • • SLT reduces and controls eye pressure by causing a natural response that improves the outflow of fluid from the eye.
  • • SLT typically takes a few moments and the majority of patients describe it as painless.
  • • SLT does not cause long-term side effects associated with eye drop medication, such as inflammation and redness of the eyes.
  • • SLT may reduce or eliminate your need to take eye drop medication.
  • • SLT is a Safe Procedure.
What are the treatment options for Glaucoma?
There are many different treatments for glaucoma including medication, surgery, and laser therapy, such as. Lumenis SLT. Eye drop medication is the most commonly used treatment for high eye pressure and glaucoma.
  • Patients often do not take their eye drop medication as prescribed by their doctors due to forgetfulness and I or side effects
  • Many patients are in search of other treatment options
  • NANO SLT is an excellent treatment option for patients who want to reduce or eliminate their need to take eye drop medication Surgery is often used in patients with advanced disease who may already have experienced vision loss.
What is NANO SLT?

NANO SLT is an FDA cleared procedure to lower eye pressure in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), the most common form of glaucoma. The laser energy reduces and controls eye pressure by causing a natural response that improves the outflow of fluid from your eye.

SLT is a convenient, in-office laser therapy.
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