SLT technology for glaucoma treatment unveiled in Sri Lanka

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September 17, 2023 1:11 am 0 comment 421 views

Mount Lotus Eye and ENT Hospitals, one of the newest hospitals of its kind in Sri Lanka,has reaffirmed its commitment to delivering the most advanced eye care technology in the country by unveiling Sri Lanka’s first Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) technology for glaucoma treatment.

Glaucoma is a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged. It’s usually caused by fluid building up in the front part of the eye, which increases pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma can lead to loss of vision if it’s not diagnosed and treated early. This revolutionary laser treatment transforms glaucoma treatment in Sri Lanka by helping the management of it by effectively controlling the internal pressure of the eye through a single procedure, significantly reducing the need for daily medication in glaucoma patients. This cutting-edge treatment approach aligns with the recommendations of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, which identifies SLT as the primary therapy for individuals newly diagnosed with chronic open-angle glaucoma.

The installation of the first ZEISS SLT at Mount Lotus Hospital is a significant milestone in its journey to offer the general public the most advanced technology in the field of ophthalmology in Sri Lanka. The technology benefits and empowers ophthalmologists and glaucoma specialists. It helps streamline the entire treatment process by enabling a comprehensive review of patient data prior to examination and treatment, facilitating SLT procedures, and providing centralised access to diagnostic data and laser treatment reports. ZEISS is an internationally leading German technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. The technology was installed by DIMO Healthcare, the authorised local agent for ZEISS and the healthcare arm of leading diversified conglomerate DIMO.

The General Manager of Mount Lotus Eye and ENT Hospitals Dr. Saman P. Basnayake said, “Once again, Mount Lotus Hospital has raised the bar when it comes to providing Sri Lankans with the most advanced eye care technology available in the world. We are proud to launch the Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) technology and elevate the standard of glaucoma treatment not only in the hospital but the whole of Sri Lanka. Patients who undergo this procedure can move away from the use of eye drops for glaucoma which will drastically improve their quality of life.”

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