Retinal Laser Therapy
Laser Therapy is a procedure where a concentrated beam of light is focused precisely to treat diseased tissue.
How is the laser treatment performed?
This is a non-invasive procedure commonly performed in the office. Often a microscope similar to the one used to examine your eye is used. Alternatively, an indirect system mounted on the surgeon’s head can be utilized.
What To Expect
Your pupils will be dilated and local anesthetic drops will be instilled to numb the eye. A special contact lens will be placed against the eye to hold the lids apart and focus the laser. There will be bright flashes of light during the treatment, and it will usually take 5-10 minutes. It is virtually pain-free but in cases with extensive laser, we can administer an anesthetic injection.
Most people will experience little to no pain after their procedures. Occasionally, you may experience a small ache, which may be treated with over-the-counter pain reliever. Blurred vision is common for a few hours after the laser procedure. In some cases, your doctor will instruct you about limiting activities postoperatively.
Call immediately if there is significant or increasing pain or decreased vision.