TIME TO CONSIDER A LASER FOR YOUR GLAUCOMA? By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Many of you have glaucoma that is managed with eye drops. Generally this works quite well in maintaining your eye pressure and preserving your vision but sometimes either that is not the case or use of the drops is unpleasant due to side effects, expense or difficulty getting the drops in. Should that occur, then maybe it is time to consider a laser to control you glaucoma.
Laser treatments for glaucoma are nothing new, they have been around since the late 1970’s. In the past it was called an ALT (Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty) but more recently a different laser has been employed and it is called a SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty). The SLT has the advantage of being safer as far as increases in eye pressure while recovering and can be repeated if the effects start to wane.
This is not an operation but a procedure. We meet you at the Testing & Treatment area of Ascension Columbia-St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital. You put your head on something that looks like what we use for your eye examination in the office. A lens is placed over the eye that is being treated and we focus the laser in the small crevice behind your clear cornea and colored iris. It takes only minutes and is generally pain free. We usually do one eye at a time.
It is good to have options for your eye care. If you are fine with your drops and you are not losing vision, stay with what works. If, however, you find using the drops a pain or too expensive or if they cause eye irritation it may be time to consider the SLT laser. We can discuss all your possible treatments at your next eye examination or sooner if you are having problems. We want to find what works best for you.
Dr. Lisa Bennett is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) practicing with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. She specializes in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery, blade-free LASIK, glaucoma care, macular degeneration management, dry eye treatment and more.
For additional eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedical.com.