Laser is a treatment modality which is frequently used by a retina specialist for multiple retinal conditions. Some of these include:
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Retinal Vein Occlusion
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration
- Central Serous Retinopathy
- Retinal tears
What drops are required?
Your pupils will need to be dilated with drops prior to your laser treatment. Anesthetic drops will then be used to numb the surface of the eye.
How is the treatment performed?
Laser treatment is done at our office. You will be seated at a slit lamp, which is the same apparatus that is used for regular eye exams. Your retina specialist will then place a special contact lens on the surface of your eye. Because the eye is frozen, this does not cause any harm or pain. It is important to remain steady during this procedure, you will be asked to keep your chin on a chin rest, your forehead against a rest and you will be given a target to look at. The laser is very bright, because it is energy in the form of light. With the contact lens in place, your doctor will be able to visualize the area of the retina that needs treatment. Once the laser begins, you will hear a clicking noise and notice bright flashes of light. Depending on the type of laser, you may experience some discomfort or pain during the procedure. However, this passes once the laser is finished.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Because the laser is so bright, the vision will be very dim or dark immediately after. The vision will then return over the next 15-20 minutes. As it returns, you may notice “pinks” and “purples” and other various colors. Later that day, once the pupil dilation wears off, the vision should be back to normal. It is a good idea to bring sunglasses for after your visit. Having a driver with you, is also recommended.