Columbia St. Mary's Offers New Laser Treatment for Glaucoma

Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Columbia - St. Mary’s is the first health system in Milwaukee to offer new laser technology to treat open-angle glaucoma, the most common type of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition of increased fluid pressure inside the eye that causes damage to the optic nerve resulting in partial vision loss and eventually blindness.
The new Selecta Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) treatment is specifically designed to lower pressure in the eye causing changes in the out flow area so the fluid can get out easier. It targets specific areas of the eye to be treated while leaving other parts of the eye untouched. As a result, the laser treatment can be used more than once because it doesn’t cause scarring. Other benefits to the new laser are fewer risks, side affects and for some patients, may eliminate the need for eye drops.
The Selecta Laser was made possible through generous funds provided by the St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee Foundation.


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