SLT Blog

With Dr. Savak “Sev” Teymoorian

SLT (Selective Light Therapy) 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 is a cataract and glaucoma specialist at Harvard Eye Associates, Laguna Hills, USA.

Why Call a General Contractor When All We Need is a Great Plumber?

An important lesson I learned during my professional life – which also extends to my personal life – is that everyone in this world can teach me something. I spend a majority of my time pursuing excellence in ophthalmology with a focus on glaucoma and cataracts. My dedication to these areas, however, leaves me deficit in knowledge in other sections of life.

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

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 treatment plan. Most individuals respond with the usual prostaglandin analogue of their (or actually, insurance) choice.

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

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 but essentially the same. The reality, however, is that each are quite different; it warrants an appreciation for their subtle differences. This presents a challenge to physicians to decide which to use in practice. The forward-thinking physician recognizes this situation and views it as an opportunity to better understand and leverage this technology in patient care.

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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 most patients when discussing how best to incorporate SLT into their treatment care. These center around what they hear, see, and read. Let’s take a look at each and how they can be incorporated into your routine day.

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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 success.

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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 a requirement. However, you and I live in the real world where people and their quality-of-life is what truly matters. We want to know what can we do about the problem

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

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 represents the worst-case scenario when thinking about what could happen to someone’s vision.

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