Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, SLT (Laser Glaucoma Treatment) – Billings, MT

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ABOUT SLT

Dr. Swan and his world-class team at Vance Thompson Vision are committed to determining and planning the most ideal surgical solutions to ease your glaucoma symptoms. One of their most recommended options for glaucoma patients who have not found relief with eye drops is selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). The SLT procedure has been successfully practiced around the world for the past 20 years. 

The intraocular pressure caused by untreated or unsuccessfully treated glaucoma causes increasing damage to the optic nerve. When the optic nerve is damaged, it can no longer relay clear images to the brain, and if the damage becomes extensive enough, it eventually leads to blindness. We are devoted to helping our patients fight glaucoma and preserve their sight, and the SLT procedure is one of the many methods we offer with proven positive results. Contact our Billings, MT facility to set up your private SLT consultation. Our entire staff strives to make the process as smooth as possible, from the initial consultation through your post-procedure care.

Glaucoma FAQs

Best Candidates

The SLT procedure is most suitable for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma. To determine whether SLT is the best option for you, one of our extensively qualified ophthalmologist surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision will need to perform a comprehensive eye exam and diagnostic testing during your initial consultation. Your consultation can be scheduled in our Billings or Bozeman, MT office, but the procedure itself is done at the Bozeman location.

Once the exams and testing are complete, we will talk with you about your results and whether the SLT is your best solution. If SLT is right for you, we can then move on to giving you more information about the procedure and helping you decide if you would like to move forward. If SLT isn't the best fit for you, we can tell you all about your other potential options. 

Treatment Options

The selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is an outpatient procedure performed by the outstanding eye surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision in our Bozeman, MT facility. It is considered a mild, minimally invasive treatment and involves the use of a special laser to create tiny areas of "micro-injuries" to the trabecular meshwork, which is part of the eye's natural drainage system. These "micro-injuries" don't cause any harm; in fact, their purpose is to stimulate the body's natural healing process so that the trabecular meshwork can generate newer, healthier tissue that can better drain the eye fluid. The special laser only affects the targeted cells, so there is very little chance of any damage to the surrounding tissue.

What to Expect

Since the SLT is such a mild treatment, you should be able to get back to your typical daily routine right away. However, some patients do experience blurred vision for about a day and a bit of eye irritation for 1 – 2 days. Due to the nature of how SLT works, by stimulating the body's healing and cell regeneration, it takes a bit longer to experience its full effects. This can take from a few to several months, so it is very important to keep a close eye on your intraocular eye pressure levels after treatment with routine monitoring. In best-case scenarios, the results from SLT can last for up to five years, at which point you may be a candidate for a repeat treatment.

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Procedure Information

Recovery Time  
1 - 7 days
Procedure Time  
5 minutes
Follow Up Time  
1 day, 1 week, 1 month
Recovery Location  
Home
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Take Control of Glaucoma

Even for patients with mild to moderate glaucoma, it can significantly disrupt day-to-day life and cause mounting levels of stress. SLT treatment may be able to help decrease the symptoms of glaucoma for these patients. Dr. Swan and his skilled team at Vance Thompson Vision in Billings, MT encourage you to plan an SLT consultation if you have mild to moderate glaucoma but have not found relief with prescription eye drops. We are here to provide all the information you need to choose your ideal glaucoma treatment.

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