Retinal Laser Treatment
What is Retinal Laser?
Lasers produce a narrow, intense, and concentrated beam of light. Lasers are commonly used in the treatment of several retinal conditions. The laser beam can be focussed on very small areas to selectively treat parts of the retina, without damaging surrounding tissue and structures within the eye.
What happens during a Retinal laser procedure?
Retinal laser treatments are performed in a specialised laser room within an ophthalmic clinic and do not require a hospital visit.
The procedure involves the following steps:
- Your retina specialist will dilate your pupil and make your eye numb using eye drops.
- A special laser lens will be placed on your eye to provide a clear view of the retina.
- Using the laser, your retina specialist will aim at the abnormal blood vessels in the retina. The laser energy is applied to seal the blood vessels, preventing them from leaking fluid behind the retina.
- PRP laser treatment typically requires multiple sessions, with each session lasting approximately 10-15 min.
Retinal laser treatment is generally painless, thanks to the application of topical anaesthesia. It is considered safe and well-tolerated by most patients. Following retinal laser treatment, it is common for your vision to be temporarily blurry for a few hours. Therefore, it is important to make arrangements for your care and arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.