Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Eye Clinic has taken delivery of a new £40,000 laser that will help the treatment of patients with Ocular Hypertension and Glaucoma.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) reduces unsafe eye pressure and has already been used in the treatment of 40 patients, with excellent results.
It is a fast, safe and effective treatment when eye drop medication is not lowering the pressure enough or causing significant side effects.
SLT has been widely used in the USA for over 15 years but expertise and finances have previously limited its use within the NHS.
Royal Surrey’s Eye Clinic purchased the laser thanks to charitable donations.
The procedure takes place in outpatient clinic and takes only five minutes per eye.
Dan Lindfield, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Glaucoma lead, said: “SLT can reduce eye pressure by about 30 per cent. It allows unsafe eye pressures to be brought under control or can help patients reduce (or stop) their need for daily eye drops.
“Some patients are not suited to eye drops and existing operations can have unacceptable risks. Most importantly, SLT is safer and more cost effective than eye drops in most patients. SLT is a valuable addition to Ocular Hypertension and Glaucoma care here at the Royal Surrey.
“We are very thankful for all the charitable donations that enabled us to buy the SLT.”
The laser treatment will now be offered by the Ophthalmology team to suitable patients.