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Laser photocoagulation

Laser photocoagulation is a treatment that consists of cauterizing areas of the retina and abnormal blood vessels beneath the macula with a laser. The technique has three distinct objectives:

  • Attach the different layers of the retinal tissue through scarring to prevent, for example, a retinal laceration to expand;
  • Coagulate leaky or abnormal vessels (e.g., macular edema);
  • Destroy impaired areas of the retina with extreme precision to prevent possible vision loss (e.g., advanced stage of diabetic retinopathy).

The technique uses a contact lens and a laser-equipped microscope. The laser is normally of the argon type. Generally, the patient returns home after the treatment. In the hours following surgery, blurred vision, headache, and pain can occur, but these never last long. The patient may have to apply eye drops prescribed by the ophthalmologist in the first few days following the procedure. Finally, a follow-up visit is scheduled.

Printable booklet: retinal laser.pdf

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