Excellent post. Pretty good explanation of the procedure. Thanks for sharing. Ihad 2 holes per eye done and I have had open angle Glaucoma for 18 years. Pressures have dropped about 40%.
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From what I understand thee more SLT procedures you have the less effective they become according to all of the experts. So why not wait until really needed to use that Silver Bullet ? I could live with a five year separation. I would be very happy to visit my Dr. only twice a year. Again it seems they wish to see you at the "Medicare" intervals when they will pay for them. Would be nice to eliminate all of some of the drops at this point. I wish yout he best and continued success and thanks for the reply. Veey much appreciated.
Not sure if drops are still needed because the Doctors have never even brought this up. They all seem to cramped and busy to share any quality time for real answers. Being a professional Heavy Mechanic I can say that one would NEVER do a procedure just to say it was for maintenance if the part or system was working correctly. Thus the old adage "if not broken don't fix it". If my pressures were elevated I could agree to try SLT again but in my humble opinion this is not medically indicated at this time.Thanks for the reply.I have been taking Latanaprost and Combigan for about 16 years and Restasis for about 10 years. Wow your pressures are very low. Continued success and thanks again.
Hi Lisa, Thanks for moving my post where it is more appropriate. That is my problem. My eye Dr. is so busy that he is pushing patients off on the already over crowded O.D. and I am NOT getting questions answered in a suitable manor lately. Soon this town will be over run with Snow Birds and NO answers will be forth coming as the patient load increases tremendously for 6 months. My SLT was done only 10 months ago and, in my humble & layman opinion, that the suggestion to do a "yearly SLY Maintenance" procedure is just placing me & others on the Vicious Medicare tread mill and only because of how often Medicare will pay and not really medically needed. Also still taking 3 drops a day which I was told the SLT would eliminate ? Not sure what high IOP is considered but 13-15 range surely cannot be considered terrible for a Diabetic with open angle Glaucoma. At this point I am feeling rather "used" and frustrated. Thanks for your oversight, compassion and help.
I believe I will be canceling the SLT procedure scheduled for December. Just does not feel right and I have to be 100% on board. Thanks again.
Had SLT procedure 1 year ago. Pressures are 13-15 now. with drops. Should I consider doing SLT again as a Maintenance procedure even with pressures this low ? Or wait until pressures increase again ? Thank you. I am type2 Diabetic with OAG.
So I have been on drops (Latanaprost & Combigan & Restasis for about 16 years. Had the SLT procedure done 1 year ago. Pressures are now 13-15 range and down from 23-25 range. So quite happy with the results so far. The procedure is a piece of cake really. Only slight temporary discomfort and minimal post operative care is usually needed. I would go for the SLT procedure for sure. Good luck no matter what you decide.