About Retinal Laser Treatment
Retinal laser therapy at Eye Health Vision Centers involves the use of a panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) laser to treat abnormal blood vessel growth in the eye, helping to reduce the risk of severe vision loss and blindness in patients with common retinal conditions. This procedure may include a focal treatment, which seals individual leaking blood vessels near the macula. This nonsurgical treatment is customized to the needs of each individual patient and is performed by an experienced ophthalmologist in the comfort of our Dartmouth, Taunton, and Middleton, MA offices. Retinal laser therapy may be performed alone or combined within a detailed treatment plan, depending on the patient's retinal condition and the phase of the disease. Contact one of our greater South Coast-area facilities to learn more.
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Retinal laser treatment is most commonly used as a treatment to reduce the risk of vision loss in patients with diabetic retinopathy and macular edema. However, Eye Health Vision Centers may recommend retinal laser therapy for any of the following conditions, depending on the severity:
- Age-related Macular Degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Retinal Holes
- Macular Edema
- Lattice Degeneration
- Partial Retinal Detachments
Retinal laser treatment is performed at Eye Health Vision Centers locations in Dartmouth, Taunton, and Middleton, MA. Before beginning your laser treatment, a member of the Eye Health Vision Centers team will numb and dilate your eye. We sometimes use local anesthesia around the eye to offer additional comfort during the procedure. Once you are fully prepared, the PRP (and focal if deemed appropriate) laser will be used to create hundreds of micro-burns around the retina. This could take up to 15 minutes to complete. The process will prevent the development of new blood vessels and seal off actively leaking vessels. Once your treatment is finalized, a bandage and/or patch will be placed over the eye for protection.
After a few minutes of observation in our office, you will be sent home to recover. A member of our team will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions and will schedule your follow-up appointments before you leave. It is important that you attend these appointments as it will help us ensure you are healing properly and attaining the desired result. Your ophthalmologist may also recommend the use of intravitreal injections or corticosteroids to complement the results of your laser treatment.
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Eye Health Vision Centers is comprised of a skilled team of ophthalmologists who strive to help you maintain your vision and slow the progression of vision-related conditions. Using some of the most advanced technologies available, we help patients fight back against vision loss for a life that is colorful and fulfilled. Call us today to schedule a consultation and eye exam or to learn more about retinal laser treatment at our greater South Coast-area locations.