Laser photocoagulation of the retina is applied in cases of retinal dystrophy and detachment for prophylaxis and treatment. As part of complex therapy, this type of treatment is effective for lattice retinal degeneration, central vein thrombosis, angiomatosis, age-related macular dystrophy, changes in the retina associated with diabetes mellitus, and some other eye diseases. In the case of dangerous lesions leading to vision loss, laser photocoagulation of the retina must be performed as soon as possible, sometimes literally in a matter of days.
What is laser photocoagulation of the retina?
During this procedure, the retina is strengthened by “soldering” its damaged areas to the uvea. The high accuracy laser beam makes it possible to create micro-fusions just in the required places. Enhancing the retina with laser treatment is almost contact-free, which excludes the possibility of infection during the procedure. Thanks to the peculiarities of laser treatment, the intervention is bloodless and as a rule, does not cause any discomfort.
What is the principle of the laser photocoagulation procedure?
The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes and does not require general anesthesia, which means the body avoids unnecessary stress. Laser retinal enhancement is performed with local droplet anesthesia, which is easily tolerated by patients of different ages. This procedure is performed in a single day, without hospitalization. After a short rest and examination by the physician, the patient can go home and enjoy his/her ordinary lifestyle.
Benefits of laser photocoagulation at Eximer Ophthalmology Clinic
- Treatment according to the highest standards.The state-of-the-art equipment makes it possible to perform laser photocoagulation of the retina in the most effective and safe way.
- Treatment according to the highest standards.The state-of-the-art equipment makes it possible to perform laser photocoagulation of the retina with maximum precision.
- Highly qualified physicians with large experience. Highly qualified specialists at Eximer Ophthalmology Clinic have large experience and can perform laser photocoagulation of the retina with maximum efficiency.
- Fast and comfortable treatment.Treatment is comfortable for patients without disrupting their normal routine.
- Safe anesthesia.Local droplet anesthesia is used for procedures, which is well tolerated by patients of different ages, as well as by pregnant women.
Which symptoms can indicate a retinal detachment has occurred and a laser photocoagulation procedure is necessary?
Retinal detachment is evidenced by symptoms such as a peculiar “veil” or shadow, multiple black spots, flashes in the form of lightning, or sparks in front of the eyes. There may be visual distortion, loss of certain parts of the image from the visual field. Regular eye exams are essential for the timely diagnosis and the most effective treatment of retinal disorders, and if symptoms of retinal detachment appear, an urgent visit to a specialist is required.
How often should pregnant women with myopia consult an ophthalmologist? Should all myopic pregnant women undergo a PPLC procedure?
The eyeball enlarges with myopia, causing the retina to stretch and thin, and tears and detachments can form thereon. During pregnancy, women diagnosed with myopia should be monitored monthly. Retinal detachments are more likely to develop during a natural delivery when the organism is under tremendous strain. A doctor can only decide whether the PPLC procedure is necessary for a particular patient after a thorough examination of her visual system and a detailed analysis of her retina.