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.