Once you start taking eye drops to treat glaucoma, you’re usually on them for the rest of your life (unless another treatment is performed). Unfortunately, if you stop taking your eye drops, they will stop working and your eye pressure will go up. This puts you at a higher risk for developing damage to your optic nerve and losing vision.
Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT)
On the other hand, SLT is just as effective as most glaucoma eye drops and only takes a few minutes perform. This laser treatment works by stimulating cells inside the eye to clean out the eye’s internal drain. In doing so, this allows more fluid to drain from the eye, reducing your eye’s pressure. I like to use the analogy that SLT is like cleaning out your gutters so they drain more effectively.
Eye damage from glaucoma
Unfortunately, once the optic nerve is damaged, it cannot be recovered. On the bright side, once diagnosed, the technology available today is good enough to prevent further vision loss. This is why compliance with your eye drops and eye doctor’s treatment plan is critical!
Lastly, if one eye drop or treatment is not enough to lower your pressure to an appropriate level, you may need more than one intervention.
Curious about which glaucoma treatment options are best for you? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!