Hello I live in france, I just went to the hospital in Monaco to my amazing opthalmogist specialist in glaucoma. PS this is not a private hospital but public. I did not see her first I saw two other specialists and no one recommended SLT treatment. I was diagnosed in January with open angled glaucoma. I was given monoprost and originally azarga. In january my pressure was 28 in both eyes before i took the medication. I switched to monoprost and alphagan as I had a problem with azarga, however my previous doctor was not happy with the pressure reduction from 28 to 23 and 25. She wanted me to go back onto the beta blocker azarga. I then sourced a 2nd opinion when she told me there was no other option but the beta blockers...
I had my SLT laser 6 weeks ago on the recommendation of my doctor in Monaco. today I was told it has decreased to 17 in both eyes from 23 and 25, it takes a least 3 -4 months for the full effect of SLT treatment. I am currently taking monoprost and alphagan. My doctor now wants me to stop taking alphagan for 2 weeks and see how my pressure is. I am so happy and I am hoping I can keep the pressure down without alphagan and just use monoprost... fingers crossed.
In looking at research, and speaking to my doctor a 'virgin' eye that has never had drugs reacts better to SLT laser treatment. Please ask your doctor first about this if your eyes are suitable for it before committing yourself to strong drugs. It can be quite overwhelming when you are given the news, all you think about is i don't want to go blind... and then you are told take these drugs to lower your pressure.
SLT is not a cure it may last 3-6 years dependent on the person and can be done up to 3 times. Its just something to try first...it does not hurt and I only had blurred vision for about an hour.
Good luck to all of you, you are not alone. valeriefrance