What is selective laser trabeculoplasty?
Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a state-of-the-art procedure that is performed to treat glaucoma. Glaucoma is a common eye condition that causes abnormal pressure buildup in the eye, which can impair vision and even lead to blindness if left untreated. SLT uses advanced laser technology to decrease eye pressure by improving how fluid drains from the eye. Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center in Vestavia Hills, AL is pleased to offer modern eye care to our local patients. If you or your loved one have been recently diagnosed with glaucoma or have been battling the disease for years, reach out to our practice today. Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Young H. Choi can meet with you to discuss all of your treatment options and determine if SLT is right for you.
"Performed cataract surgery on both eyes 5 years ago. My vision improved markedly and has remained excellent to present. His O.D. Dr. Gregory is also excellent and the imaging test equipment including ultrasound is state of the art. They monitor my angle closure glaucoma every 4 months with pressures of 10 in each eye. Vision last appointment (March 2019) was 20/15. Not bad for 76 years old. Great doctors, great office!!!!!!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Apr 24, 2019
"Friendly and professional in both office and outpatient surgery hospital."- D. / Healthgrades / May 24, 2018
"Had Lasik surgery from Dr. Choi he was very professional and answered any questions. Was scheduled for surgery the following week. Surgery was quick and I'm in my third week of recovery. My eyesight went from a prescription -2.75/-3 to 20/20. Money very well spent. Would recommend anyone wanting or thinking about Lasik to him. Very nice man."- M. / Healthgrades / Jun 17, 2017
"Incredible experience! My local Optometerist sent me to see Dr Choi for Cataract Surgery and the care I received was top notch!"- T. / Wellness / Nov 09, 2016
"Dr. Choi is an excellent surgeon. I had cataracts removed and astigmatism corrected in both eyes. My vision is very good. My dependency on glasses has been greatly reduced. Great bedside manner - very calming, answers questions, spends plenty of time with patients. He even prayed with me before the surgery. Beautiful office. His office is always crowded and that is because of his excellent expertise and personality. Staff is OK. I do trust him to do further surgery if necessary."- G. / Healthgrades / Sep 08, 2016
Who is a good candidate for SLT?
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, there are several laser treatments that are available to treat glaucoma. If you are considering selective laser trabeculoplasty, it's essential to meet with a highly trained ophthalmologist, like Dr. Choi, to see if it's a good fit for your needs. During your initial consultation, Dr. Choi will examine your eyes and review your general medical history to confirm if you are an ideal candidate for SLT or if another laser surgery would be a better option.
How is SLT performed?
Selective laser trabeculoplasty is an outpatient procedure that is performed on-site at our facility within one of our Class-A operating rooms. To start, Dr. Choi will use eye drops to numb the eye and an injection may be given to prevent the eye from moving during surgery. Next, a special contact lens will be placed over the eye to help focus and deliver the laser precisely on the target area. Patients will feel a bit of pressure during surgery, but other than that, SLT does not cause pain. The laser creates microscopic changes to the trabecular meshwork, which is the drainage system of the eye. Fluid needs to be able to drain properly from the eye to maintain normal eye pressure.
What to expect after surgery
Once your procedure is complete, you will be free to go home but should plan to take the rest of the day off from work or school. Patients can expect their vision to be blurry for the first 24 hours after surgery, and optimal healing can take 3 – 6 weeks. Like with any surgery, there are risks. Although mild in nature, the most common complications include eye pain, swelling, sensitivity to light, cloudiness of the cornea, and the possible development of scar tissue. SLT has about an 80% success rate, and results can last up to five years.
How much does SLT cost?
Since SLT is an FDA-approved treatment for glaucoma and may be deemed medically necessary, it might be covered in part by insurance. Our office can contact your provider to review your benefits and determine if any type of coverage is available for your surgery. During your initial visit, our office can help estimate your costs and go over all of your payment options. Our office proudly accepts CareCredit and can work with you to create a billing plan that helps make your treatment more affordable.
If you are tired of using eye drops to treat your glaucoma and desire a long-term solution, selective laser trabeculoplasty may be an option. Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center offers several laser surgeries that can significantly improve glaucoma. If you live in Vestavia Hills or Birmingham, AL, reach out to our office today to learn more about your options. We look forward to serving you.