About Retinal Laser Treatment
Our board-certified ophthalmologists at The Eye Center of Central PA offer retinal laser treatments for a range of retinal diseases and conditions, such as tears and detachments, diabetic retinopathy, and vein and artery occlusions caused by hypertensive retinopathy. These treatments are performed using a panretinal photocoagulation laser, which can sometimes be accompanied by a focal laser. Utilizing this state-of-the-art technology, our eye doctors can remove or seal off blood vessels leaking into the macula or repair tears in the retina. Panretinal photocoagulation laser treatments are customized to suit each patient's unique condition. This is typically an outpatient service and can be completed in 20 minutes or less. While some individuals may only require one treatment, others may need multiple sessions and have a lengthier treatment plan. Get in touch with one of our offices throughout Central Pennsylvania to learn more about your options.
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WHO GETS LASER RETINA SURGERY?
Typically, patients considered for panretinal photocoagulation laser treatments are in the mid to late stages of diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, or retinal tears and detachments. You may also be offered laser retinal treatment as a solution if you have any vein or artery occlusions caused by hypertensive retinopathy.
There are a number of factors that can influence whether or not you will be approved for panretinal photocoagulation. To make sure you qualify to receive laser retinal treatment, one of our ophthalmologists will conduct a thorough eye examination and assess your unique condition.
HOW IS LASER TREATMENT DONE?
Laser retinal procedures are performed as an outpatient procedure and can typically be completed in 20 minutes or less. Before your treatment, a member of our team will distribute numbing and dilation drops to your eyes. Once you're ready, one of our board-certified ophthalmologists will secure a special device over your eye to prevent any blinking or movement. From there, our panretinal photocoagulation laser will be used to seal the affected area. This should dramatically reduce or eliminate the leakage into your retina or macula.
Following your treatment, we will monitor your condition for several minutes to ensure that you don't have any abnormal reactions following the procedure. We will then give you an eye patch, which will need to be worn as directed. Before you're released, a member of our team will go over post-treatment instructions to help you during your recovery period and schedule any necessary follow-up appointments. During these check-ins, our ophthalmologist will assess your progress and determine if you need any additional treatments, such as eye injections or corticosteroids, to further improve your outcomes.
VERSaTILE LASER SOLUTIONS
Our team at The Eye Center of Central PA utilizes the latest in both techniques and technologies to help our patients fight vision loss, regain their independence, and restore their eye health. If you've noticed a sudden change in your vision or any other abnormalities, or if it's been over a year since your last eye exam, we encourage you to get in touch with one of our offices in Central PA and schedule your appointment with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists.