Laser treatment is performed for many conditions including retinal diseases, glaucoma and after cataract surgery clouding. Our laser treatments are usually performed as an outpatient procedure in the office and some treatments will require dilation of the eye. The actual laser treatment itself takes only about 15 minutes
Our goal is to keep your comfortable before, during and after each procedure. We do numb your eye to avoid pain. Before we begin, a contact lens is placed on the eye. The lens is removed after treatment. After the procedure your vision may be blurry. It may take several hours or several days for your vision to clear.
After any laser treatment your eye may feel scratchy or irritated for several hours. This can usually be managed by keeping the eye closed and using over the counter artificial tears. Any pain can be managed by Tylenol and regular activities for the most part can be resumed by the next day.
Laser treatments for macular degeneration are done with the infusion of a light-sensitive drug and the use of a cold laser. The laser used for this procedure has a special wave length, which only affects the drug and spares all surrounding tissue. The use of this laser is restricted to certain types of macular degeneration.
During the laser procedure, the doctor uses a very bright light to see the area of the retina being treated. As a result, the vision may be blurry for several hours following the treatment. Depending on the type and amount of laser treatment performed, it may take several hours or a few days for the vision to return to what it was prior to the treatment.
YAG laser treatment, also known as a posterior capsulotomy, is a laser treatment for patients who have had cataract surgery. The YAG laser treatment helps eliminate any scar tissue, thus restoring your vision back to normal. Approximately 50% of people who undergo cataract surgery will eventually need a YAG laser treatment since the clouding/scarring is a part of the eye’s normal healing process. Occasionally patients experience some clouding in their vision months after cataract surgery due to scarring behind the lens capsule.
The laser treatment for closed-angle glaucoma, or narrow-angle glaucoma, is laser iridotomy which will open the drainage channels of the eye. During this laser a small hole is created in the peripheral iris (colored part of the eye). This improves the circulation of fluid inside the eye and widens the anterior chamber angle. Fluid which is produced behind the iris has easier access to the eye’s internal drainage system. Sometimes this lowers the intraocular pressure, but that is not the primary goal of laser peripheral iridotomy. The primary goal of the procedure is to lessens the risk of acute angle-closure glaucoma.
After your laser treatment, the eye may feel scratchy or irritated for several hours. This can usually be managed by keeping the eye closed or using over the counter Artificial Tears. After some laser treatments, there are some prescription eye drops that need to be used and your doctor will go over that with you if it is needed. Most patients don’t need anything stronger than Tylenol are able to return to their normal activities the following day.