First introduced in 2001, SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty) continues to play a fundamental role in the glaucoma treatment algorithm. SLT is as effective as medication, both as first-line treatment and as adjunctive treatment, but without the compliance issues and detrimental effect on patients’ quality of life. It also pairs seamlessly with all MIGS procedures as both a preoperative diagnostic aid or as a postoperative adjunct.The SLT Blog is focused on exploring the myriad of ways in which SLT can help in the management of modern-day glaucoma, and is curated by Dr. Savak “Sev” Teymoorian, MD, MBA (USA). Sev publishes a popular blog on the OSN (Ocular Surgery News) website which addresses the latest glaucoma treatment strategies and surgical advances. Sev is a cataract and glaucoma specialist at Harvard Eye Associates, Laguna Hills, USA.

18 May 2018If SLT is Right for the Doctor as a Patient, Shouldn’t It be an Option for Every Patient?

Author: Dr. Savak “Sev” Teymoorian

If SLT is Right for the Doctor as a Patient, Shouldn’t It be an Option for Every Patient? By: Savak “Sev” Teymoorian, MD, MBA   I have the pleasure of giving many glaucoma lectures to fellow eye doctor colleagues at different venues. Recently, however, I have noticed an interesting trend which greatly puzzles me. Consider the following situation: the audience is presented a straightforward high-risk ocular hypertension or early primary open angle glaucoma patient. They are asked for their typical…

10 May 2018Laser Trabeculoplasty – Isn’t It All the Same? No!

Author: Dr. Savak “Sev” Teymoorian

Laser Trabeculoplasty – Isn’t It All the Same? No! By: Savak “Sev” Teymoorian, MD, MBA The field of glaucoma is changing so rapidly that sometimes it is hard to understand what exactly is completely new as opposed to another iteration of something old. This issue holds true in the category of laser trabeculoplasty. Providers tend to lump together all forms including ALT, SLT, and even MLT. The perceived thought process is that they are all different forms of laser trabeculoplasty…

5 April 2018SLT: Light Therapy to Rejuvenate Your Natural Drainage System

Author: Dr. Savak “Sev” Teymoorian

SLT: Light Therapy to Rejuvenate Your Natural Drainage System Based upon the prior blog entries, you have now decided to introduce SLT into your practice. The first question after you make that choice is how to tell your patients. Remember, patients are just like any other people trying to learn something new to them – each one is different in how they hear and process the information provided to them. However, I have found certain unique approaches that resonate with…

8 February 2018SLT – The Eye Care Provider’s Duct Tape

Author: Dr. Savak “Sev” Teymoorian

SLT – The Eye Care Provider’s Duct Tape “Glaucoma” is an umbrella term that covers over forty subtypes of disease. It really behaves like a funnel – it takes many distinct entities with variable characteristics and leads them to one unified pathway. This single lane road is the reduction of IOP as a means to manage the underlying pathophysiology. In such a diverse environment a multipurpose tool, through its ability to adapt to different challenges, provides the best chance of…

21 December 2017Our Commitment to Patients – “I am with You until the End”

Author: Dr. Savak “Sev” Teymoorian

Our Commitment to Patients – “I am with You until the End”   To truly understand how we can better treat those with glaucoma, we must first be clear on what exactly it is and the consequences that accompany it. The strict and academic definition of glaucoma is an optic neuropathy with corresponding changes in visual field that has an association with intraocular pressure (IOP). The most glaring point to that description is a “link” to IOP but not necessarily…

17 October 2017SLT: A Strategic Ally to Remember When Entering the New Glaucoma Frontier

Author: Dr. Savak “Sev” Teymoorian, MD, MBA

“Hey, SLT! We Need You in the Game Right Now!” The word “Glaucoma” packs a powerful punch the moment a doctor uses it in front a patient. There are only a few other words in medicine that are more jaw-dropping: cancer, stroke, and heart attack. But how can an eye condition even approach the same magnitude of consequence as those life-threatening ones? The truth is any medical condition that significantly alters a person’s quality-of-life creates similar fear and nervousness. Blindness…