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How Does Laser Treatment for Glaucoma Work?

If you have glaucoma, it might feel like your treatment options are limited to messy eye drops or painful procedures, like argon laser sessions.

Fortunately, there’s a better way to treat your glaucoma symptoms – and it doesn’t involve eye drops, pain, or even a long treatment session.

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Laser Treatment for Glaucoma: How It Works

Forget the hassle of eye drops or the pain associated with argon laser treatments. At NewView Eye Center, ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths uses an innovative laser procedure to help clear up some of the most frustrating glaucoma symptoms, like: 

  • Blurred vision
  • Severe headaches
  • Nausea 
  • Eye pain
  • And more

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) uses “cold” laser technology to treat the pigmented cells within the eye that contribute to the blockage of aqueous eye fluid. These cells prevent the normal movement of the eye fluid, which creates the pressure that leads to eye pain, nausea, and other glaucoma symptoms. Within just the span of just a few minutes, the SLT treatment breaks up the pigmented cells and allows the eye fluid to flow freely again.

As soon as the treatment is completed, patients can expect to feel a significant reduction in pressure, as well as relief from their glaucoma symptoms.

Is a Laser Treatment Right for You?

SLT treatments for glaucoma are right for you if you have common glaucoma symptoms and you’re not interested in dealing with the hassle of eye drops. Many candidates often resort to the SLT procedure if their previous glaucoma treatments were unsuccessful.

All patients should be healthy individuals who are willing to follow a healthy lifestyle to continue and manage their glaucoma symptoms.

Take the Next Step

If you’re curious to learn more about how laser treatment for glaucoma works, schedule a consultation with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths at NewView Eye Center in Reston, VA today. Dr. Griffiths can examine your eyes and determine if you’re a good candidate for glaucoma laser treatments. 703-834-9777