Laser Treatment

Laser Treatment

The laser is an instrument produces a high-intensity beam of light energy. The retina is the light-sensing tissue located at the back of the eye. When the laser light is focused on the retina, it can treat the desired area and leave the surround tissues untouched. Laser treatment is often referred to as “welding” of the eye. The light energy creates a microscopic spot to destroy lesions or “weld” tissues back together.

Retinal laser treatment is performed for a variety of retinal conditions that are, but are not limited to:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal vein occlusions
  • Retinal tears or detachment
  • Macular hole
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Ocular Tumors

There are no special preparations for eye laser treatment. Prescribed medication can still be taken beforehand and you can eat normally. The procedure is performed in our office while the patient remains comfortably awake. Eye drops are given to the patient before the treatment is performed to dilate the pupil and numb the eye. Laser eye treatment is typically painless but a numbing injection may be required for discomfort, depending on the condition being treated.

Typically, the treatment takes less than 30 minutes to complete. It may take several weeks to months to determine if the laser treatment was successful. It is common for patients to require more than one laser treatment in order to improve vision.

For information and consultation regarding laser treatment, contact our main office at (405) 607-6699.

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