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Peripheral Prophylactic Laser Coagulation (PPLC) of the retina

Peripheral prophylactic laser coagulation of the retina is a procedure to strengthen the peripheral zone of the retina, aimed at preventing retinal detachments. Retinal dystrophy often leads to microfractures in these areas and retinal detachments, which are difficult to treat and can lead to irreversible vision loss. PPLC can prevent retinal detachment, thus preserving vision.

The method of peripheral prophylactic laser photocoagulation is based on laser treatment of thinning areas of the retina. Laser radiation is used to “solder” the retina in the damaged areas and fuses the retina with the surrounding tissues around the tears.

PPLC is aimed primarily at preventing or reducing the risk of complications rather than improving vision. The way you see after surgery depends largely on whether there are underlying eye conditions that affect your ability to see well.

What is the PPLC procedure?

The peripheral prophylactic laser coagulation is based on laser treatment of thinning areas of the retina. The laser beam performs the so-called “soldering” of the retina in the damaged areas and fuses the retina with the surrounding tissues around the tears. This procedure is performed during 1 session, on the same day, without hospitalization, under local droplet anesthesia. On the same day, the patient can go home and enjoy his or her usual lifestyle.

Important!

PPLC improves the blood supply, increases the rate of blood flow, improves the nutrition of the affected area of the retina, prevents fluid infiltration under the retina, and, consequently, its detachment.

This procedure is performed during 1 session, on the same day, without hospitalization, under local droplet anesthesia. On the same day, the patient can go home and enjoy his or her usual lifestyle.

What happens to the retina after the PPLC?

PPLC improves the blood supply, increases the rate of blood flow, improves the nutrition of the affected area of the retina, prevents fluid infiltration under the retina, and, consequently, its detachment. PPLC is aimed primarily at preventing or reducing the risk of complications rather than improving vision. The way you see after surgery depends largely on whether there are underlying eye conditions that affect your ability to see well.

Who needs retinal PPLC?

Statistics from ophthalmic surgeons show that about 60% of patients require retinal enhancement before laser vision correction. The PPLC method has been used in medicine for over 40 years and nowadays ophthalmologists have no idea how this unique method can be omitted. Peripheral retinal dystrophy is one of the major reasons why pregnant women are denied natural childbirth and are recommended for cesarean section. With medium to high myopia, the retina becomes thin and stretched. This increases the risk of retinal rupture and detachment during delivery. However, nowadays this problem is solved by enhancing the retina before delivery with the PPLC method. After this procedure, the retina is enhanced, thus preventing the retina from stretching and detaching. Timely PPLC allows women with retinal disorders to deliver themselves. Physicians recommend peripheral prophylactic laser coagulation until the 35th week of pregnancy.

Indications for PPLC

Important!

Statistics from ophthalmic surgeons show that about 60% of patients require retinal enhancement before laser vision correction. The PPLC method has been used in medicine for over 40 years and nowadays ophthalmologists have no idea how this unique method can be omitted.

Peripheral retinal dystrophy is one of the major reasons why pregnant women are denied natural childbirth and are recommended for cesarean section. With medium to high myopia, the retina becomes thin and stretched. This increases the risk of retinal rupture and detachment during delivery.

However, nowadays this problem is solved by enhancing the retina before delivery with the PPLC method. After this procedure, the retina is enhanced, thus preventing the retina from stretching and detaching. Timely PPLC allows women with retinal disorders to deliver themselves. Physicians recommend peripheral prophylactic laser coagulation until the 35th week of pregnancy.

Benefits of PPLC at Eximer Ophthalmology Clinic

  • Treatment according to the highest standards.Eximer Ophthalmology Clinic employs the latest equipment according to the latest international standards, which allows for the highest level of retinal PPLC.
  • 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 since there is no need for hospitalization.
  • Safe anesthesia.Local droplet anesthesia is used for procedures, which is well tolerated by patients, including expectant mothers. Such anesthesia does not harm either the baby or the expectant mother.
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