Laser Treatments for Glaucoma

Mr Trikha offers a variety of Laser treatments for Glaucoma, and may recommend these following a detailed consultation and evaluation of your eyes.

Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI)

Occasionally, the anatomy of the eye means that the natural drainage angle where fluid drains away is blocked or narrowed. The channel, known as the Trabecular meshwork, is important.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)

As an alternative to eye drops for Glaucoma, Mr Trikha offers SLT. This procedure involves applying a narrow laser beam to the drainage angle of the eye, helping to open it and therefore permitting more aqueous flow out of the eye. In turn, this is effective in reducing the eye pressure without the need of drops. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) have now recommended SLT as a primary treatment for glaucoma, due to the strong evidence base that has been built up to show its effectiveness.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a relatively safe, simple and usually painless laser procedure that helps to reduce the eye pressure associated with glaucoma. SLT stimulates the structure inside the eye, called trabecular meshwork, allowing more fluid drainage from the canals that surround the iris (coloured disc of the eye), thus reducing eye pressure. SLT is performed in the eye clinic and typically takes no longer than five minutes for each eye to do. In about 7 out of 10 people eye pressure is improved following SLT. It can take a few months for SLT to have its full effect on lowering eye pressure. If successful, the effect may last for a few years. SLT may be repeated, if necessary, normally at six months or later.

Your eye pressure is considered too high for your level of glaucoma.  

You are suffering with side effects from your current eye drops.  

You find it difficult to cope with regular eye drops. 

The SLT procedure typically takes 3 to 5 minutes for each eye to do. A special contact lens is used to keep your eyelids open. Anaesthetic eye drops are applied to ensure that your eye is comfortable with the lens in your eye. The laser machine looks very similar to the microscope used for examining your eyes. You may hear some “clicking” sounds produced by the laser machine.  The procedure itself is generally painless. Most patients do not experience any significant discomfort, although some may feel a little pressure inside the eye or a slight headache during or after the SLT procedure. 

We normally check the eye pressure about one hour after the laser treatment. Usually, you will be seen again for further eye pressure monitoring within a few months depending on your eye pressure readings. If you are using anti-glaucoma eye drops before SLT, you should continue using the same treatment, unless advised otherwise by your doctor. Normally, there is no need for additional drops after SLT, but this will depend on your eye pressure measurements and inflammation following the procedure. No aftercare or precautions are needed following SLT and you will be able to resume wearing contact lenses and return to your normal activities from the following day.

SLT is usually a safe procedure and the risk of adverse effects is minimal. There is a small risk of raised eye pressure for a short period of time after the laser treatment. To prevent this, you may be given additional eye drops before and /or after the procedure. Very rarely, the eye pressure may go up and be difficult to control with eye drops. This may mean we would need to do a glaucoma operation.  

You might experience some eye discomfort and redness, blurry vision or sensitivity to light after the laser for a few hours or sometimes a few days, for which you might want to wear sunglasses.  

There have been very few reports of serious problems after SLT. The reported cases were bleeding of the iris, swelling of the retina (back of the eye) and swelling of the cornea (front transparent window of the eye). Most peoples’ eyes settle down without any further problems.  

There have not been any reports of SLT making the vision permanently worse, except in eyes that already had poor vision due to other co-existing eye conditions.

Contact details:

If you think you are having a problem following SLT, please contact Mr Trikha through [email protected]

Our Clinic Locations

Where to find us

The London Clinic Eye Centre

119 Harley Street, Marylebone, London W1G 5AU

The Circle Hospital

Runnymede Hospital, Ottershaw, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 0RQ

23 Harley Street

Marylebone, London, W1G 9QN

The Guthrie Private Clinic

Kings College Hospital Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS