What does it involve?
This technique consists of applying a laser to the damaged areas of the retina to treat or prevent retinal problems.
When is it carried out?
It is performed for many retinal disorders, including the repair of retinal tears to prevent detachment and the treatment of retinal vascular diseases, diabetic retinopathy, vein blockage, aneurysms, etc.
A comprehensive eye examination and, in most cases, a fluorescein angiogram is required. An optical coherence tomography test (OCT) is also often required.
Before the surgery
Applying laser photocoagulation to areas where it is not necessary should be avoided. This could cause burns.
The procedure is performed under topical anaesthesia with eye drops; the laser is directly focused on the lesions and guides us to where the photocoagulator will be applied.
Photocoagulation can prove ineffective or insufficient, or damage important retinal structures, such as blood vessels or the macula area.
The symptoms of a detached retina are the presence of flashes of light (photopsia) or objects floating in the vitreous humour and, occasionally, a progressive shadow and loss of vision. It is important to contact your ophthalmologist as quickly as possible. It is not an emergency, but it needs to be operated on as soon as possible by a surgeon.
It is much more likely for haemorrhages to occur after surgery, especially if a vitrectomy has been performed, in the case of patients with diabetic retinopathy. This is due to the vessel walls being extremely fragile in these patients and more prone to bleeding.
If there is no gas or silicone oil, the patient can sleep in any position. If there is no covering element (gas or silicone oil), the patient’s position is unimportant.
IMO Institute of Ocular Microsurgery
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