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Laser treatment for glaucoma helps you stop further vision loss

Some people don’t get on with glaucoma drops, if that’s you, then this treatment can help save your sight
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Catch glaucoma early to save your sight

Gain peace of mind in 3 easy steps

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Early detection and treatment of glaucoma is essential to preserve your sight. The first step is to give our friendly team a call on 0333 200 5843 or book an appointment online now.

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We’ll meet

At your appointment, I’ll be able to assess your eyes so we can see what we’re dealing with and put your mind at ease.

3

Start living

I’ll be with you every step of the way as you begin to experience the relief and peace of mind knowing that everything is under control.

Selective laser trabeculoplasty gives you peace of mind

If you’d like to know the ins and outs of selective laser trabeculoplasty we have all the information you need below

SLT suitability criteria

You may be a good candidate for selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) if:

  • You have primary open-angle, pseudoexfoliation, or pigmentary glaucoma. (If you’re not sure, ask your ophthalmologist.)
  • You are intolerant of glaucoma medications or have difficulty taking them as prescribed.
  • You are currently undergoing glaucoma drug therapy and wish to combine it with SLT.
  • It is difficult for you to commit to regular follow-up treatments such as lack of transportation, or other limitations.
  • You have a history of unsuccessful ALT (argon laser trabeculoplasty) treatment.

How SLT works

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a simple yet effective laser procedure that reduces the intraocular pressure inside the eye.

SLT can be used as the first treatment once glaucoma is diagnosed, avoiding the usual need for daily eye drops. It may be used in patients already on eye drops to allow them to stop or reduce their eye drops if found to be inconvenient or if side effects are a problem. Finally, it can be used in an attempt to avoid the need for glaucoma surgery if eye drops are not controlling the pressure well enough.

SLT uses short pulses of low-energy light to target the melanin, or pigment, in specific cells of the affected eye. In response, the body’s natural healing mechanisms rebuild these cells. This rebuilding process improves drainage and lowers intraocular pressure. The surrounding, non-pigmented cells, as well as the rest of the eye structure, are untouched and undamaged.

How often can I have SLT done?

SLT is gentle and non-invasive, which allows the procedure to be repeated if necessary.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

  • Effective in lowering your eye pressure
  • Quick and painless procedure
  • Can avoid or reduce your need for eye drops
  • Can be repeated

Disadvantages 

  • No laser procedure is entirely risk free
  • The success of the treatment is dependent on other treatment steps being effective

SLT risks

Risks include:

  • Inflammation in eye
  • Swelling of cornea (window of eye)
  • Reduced vision

SLT options and alternatives

For those that do not respond to SLT, other forms of treatment, including eye drops or glaucoma surgery are alternatives.

SLT steps

I perform SLT in the clinic as a day treatment. The entire process takes just 5 to 10 minutes.

Step one: Before treatment, I administer eye drops to prepare and numb the eye.

Step two: I then position a contact lens onto the eye, which helps to target the laser and hold the eyelids out of the way.

Step three: The laser delivers gentle pulses of light through a specially designed microscope.

You will need to have your eye pressure checked six weeks later.

SLT results

SLT lowers intraocular pressure by an average of 25% in up to 75% of patients treated. It does wear off in some patients, and the success rate at three years is approximately 50%.

Worried that glaucoma might cause you to lose your sight?

Managing glaucoma doesn’t need to be scary or stressful. Book an appointment today and I’ll help you regain control of your vision and put your mind at ease

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Worried that glaucoma might cause you to lose your sight?

Managing glaucoma doesn’t need to be scary or stressful. Book an appointment today and I’ll help you regain control of your vision and put your mind at ease

Book an appointment

Have you been diagnosed with glaucoma or know you’re at higher risk?

I can put your mind at ease and help you take charge of your vision

Yes, I’ve been diagnosed with glaucoma

Being told you have glaucoma can be very scary indeed. The prospect of losing your vision is stressful enough without the added pressures of current world events and long treatment waitlists. I’m here to help you secure your sight and give you peace of mind.

Book an appointment today to beat the post-lockdown treatment queues so you can stop worrying and start living.

No, I’ve not been diagnosed yet but know I’m at a higher risk of developing glaucoma

If you’re African American, over the age of 60, have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma, the chances of you developing this sight-threatening condition are increased.

Book an appointment today and I’ll see you promptly so we can rule out this disease and give you the peace of mind you need so you can stop worrying and start living.

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YAG PI laser treatment for glaucoma puts your mind at ease

If you’d like to know the ins and outs of YAG PI laser treatment for glaucoma we have all the information you need below

YAG PI suitability criteria

You may be suitable for YAG PI laser treatment for glaucoma if we establish in your assessment that your drainage angles are narrow or at risk of being blocked.

We can determine the angle structure with an examination called “gonioscopy” which we perform with a special contact lens.

How YAG PI works

In a healthy eye, fluid is produced inside the eye and drains out at a relatively constant rate, so the pressure of the eye remains stable. However, in some people, particularly those who are “farsighted” (hypermetropia) or East Asian origin, the drain inside the eye (called the angle) can start to close. We refer to this as “narrow angles”.

Narrow angles are a risk factor for angle-closure glaucoma.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

  • The procedure can reduce the risk of angle closure glaucoma
  • The procedure takes less than 5 minutes to perform

Disadvantages

  • The procedure may not work for everyone
  • No laser procedure is entirely risk free

YAG PI risks

The risks of YAG laser iridotomy include:

  • Inflammation in eye
  • Bleeding (resolves within days)
  • Swelling of the cornea (window of the eye)
  • Reduced vision
  • Glare/halos/streaks around lights
  • Increased eye pressure

YAG PI options and alternatives

An alternative to laser treatment for glaucoma is surgical iridectomy, a procedure in which we surgically remove part of the iris.

YAG PI steps

I perform laser treatment for glaucoma in the clinic as a day treatment. The entire process takes just 5 to 10 minutes.

Step one: Before treatment, I administer eye drops to prepare and “numb” the eye.

Step two: I then position a special contact lens onto the eye, which helps to target the laser and hold the eyelids out of the way.

Step three: I will give you anti-inflammatory eye drops to use

I will check your eyes 1-2 weeks later to ensure the treatment is effective.

YAG PI results

Laser Iridotomy is intended to preserve the vision and prevent glaucoma from appearing or progressing.

Please note, It is not laser vision correction so will not improve your vision.

My patients across Northwest England and North Wales are relieved to prevent vision loss from glaucoma

I’ve helped thousands of people in Northwest England and North Wales enjoy a better life without glasses, contact lenses and eye conditions

From my initial consultation through to walking out the door following surgery, I found the whole process to be fantastic and could not have wished for a nicer experience.

Mr SC
I am very pleased to say my eyesight is so much better. I am so delighted that I can see very clearly again, no blurred vision at all. It’s brilliant.
Mrs ML

My vision has improved tremendously, and it’s like having HDTV installed! Once again, many thanks.

Mr PL
I never thought I would describe eye surgery as a pleasant experience, but it was; you are a gifted person. I am sure you have heard this many times before, but the contrast before and after such a short surgery is truly remarkable.
Mr MH
I never imagined the difference it would make, black and grey cows now look black and white! Such an amazing difference. I consider, we, as human beings are very privileged to be able to have this treatment.
Mrs LB

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Links to authoritative resources about glaucoma treatments

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Meet Mr Dan Nguyen,

MBChB MBA FRCOphth FRANZCO
Consultant Eye Surgeon

Hello, I’m Dan Nguyen!

I’m your guide to better vision. Sadly, in today’s climate of long post-lockdown waiting lists and uncertainty around treatment options, many people aren’t getting the clear and personal service they deserve. This can leave you feeling frustrated and anxious about the quality of your vision and unsure about the best way to move forwards. I’m here to show you that there’s a way to beat the surgery queues and move forward with your life. After all, you’re an individual, not a number. Every one of my patients is treated with the utmost care to ensure they get the exceptional results they desire tailored to their unique needs and lifestyle. After treatment, you’ll reclaim the clear, colourful and rich life you deserve. So what are you waiting for? Stop waiting and start living!

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