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Is There a Laser Treatment for Glaucoma?

Are you sick of using glaucoma drops? Are you looking for a more straightforward and effective treatment for your glaucoma – like a laser treatment, for example?

As it turns out, there is a laser treatment for glaucoma – and it’s now available at NewView Eye Center in Reston, VA!

Laser Treatment for Glaucoma

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) procedures are perhaps one of the most exciting developments in glaucoma treatments in the past 25 years. Here’s how it works: SLT uses “cold” laser technology to safely and quickly break up the pigmented cells that contribute to the blockage of aqueous eye fluid. Once these cells are broken up, the fluid can flow through, which helps relieve some of the biggest symptoms of glaucoma.

Best of all, there’s no pain or downtime. Treatments are done in-office and typically take just a few minutes to perform, making it an excellent option for busy patients.

Early Signs You May Need a Glaucoma Treatment

Whether you already have a glaucoma diagnosis or it runs in your family, it’s important to know the early signs you may need glaucoma treatment. Take a look:

  • You have the right risk factors. It’s possible to detect glaucoma fairly early if you know which risk factors you have. For example, if you have low blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, a family history of glaucoma, and diabetes, your odds for developing glaucoma are higher. Additionally, other risk factors can include having African and/or Latino/Hispanic ancestry, as well as being over 50.
  • You haven’t been to the ophthalmologist in a long time. Your ophthalmologist can play an important role in helping your eyes stay healthy and strong. If you haven’t made an eye doctor’s appointment in a few years, schedule one as soon as possible (especially if you have any of the above risk factors).

Taking control of your eye health makes it much more likely that you’ll be able to catch glaucoma early and be able to treat it with innovative laser solutions.

Review by Michele

Take the Next Step

If you have the risk factors for glaucoma or are experiencing trouble with your vision, schedule a consultation with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths at NewView Eye Center in Reston, VA today. Dr. Griffiths can personalize your eye care as well as help you better understand if you’re a good candidate for glaucoma laser treatments. 703-834-9777