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Laser Treatment

Pan Retinal Photocoagulation

This laser treatment involves your Orange County Retina specialist directing a laser through a contact lens or ophthalmoscope that treats the area around the retinal tear. The burning results in a scar that joins the retina to the back tissue of the eye. During the procedure, a laser is used to finely cauterize ocular blood vessels to attempt to bring about various therapeutic benefits.

If the abnormal blood vessels beneath the retina are not under or adjacent to the fovea (the very center of the macula), then laser photocoagulation is an option. This type of laser treatment will destroy the abnormal blood vessels beneath the retina, sealing off leakage and bleeding.

Focal Laser

Focal laser is used when an Orange County Retina patient has swelling within the retina due to fluid (edema). In diabetic retinopathy, vein occlusions and other vascular conditions of the retina, the blood vessels within the eye can become damaged, allowing fluid to leak into the retina. To prevent the continuous leaking of fluid into the retina, focal laser treatment may be recommended.

During the treatment, laser spots are placed in the area of the leaking vessels to seal them. Multiple studies have shown focal laser to be very effective in reducing swelling over time and either stabilizing or improving vision.

Laser Retinopexy

Laser Retinopexy is done for treatment of retinal tears and retinal holes. The laser is used to surround these retinal defects and secures the area. This helps significantly to decrease the chances of a retinal detachment secondary to tear formation. Your Orange County Retina specialist treats retinal tears with a laser by placing several laser spots around the existing hole. The laser spots create scar tissue around the hole helping to keep the retina in place.

Your eye will be dilated for the procedure. A numbing drop is applied. Depending on the size of the tear, your treatment will take 5 to 15 minutes. After your procedure, a mild discomfort may be noticeable but easily treated with ibuprofen.

It is very important to report any of the following symptoms immediately: