Laser treatment is used to treat new blood vessels at the back of the eyes in the advanced stages of diabetic retinopathy. This is done because the new blood vessels tend to be very weak and often cause bleeding into the eye.
Treatment can help stabilise the changes in your eyes caused by your diabetes and stop your vision getting any worse, although it won't usually improve your sight.
Similar treatment is helpful for retinal vascular disease such as retinal vein thrombosis.
At our facility treatment is performed using the PASCAL Laser which allows rapid delivery of laser pulses in a pre-determined sequence.
Laser is effective in stabilising some situations of swelling of the macula (oedema) due to diabetes. Increasingly however this is treated with injections into the back of the eye.
This is a non-invasive procedure to treat patients with foggy vision that develops some time after successful cataract surgery due to the clouding of the capsule behind the artificial lens implant.
The capsule is left intact at the time of cataract surgery because it helps reduce the risk of complications. Later in some cases the capsule gets cloudy and causes blurring of vision.
Laser treatment makes an opening in the capsule and resolves the problem permanently.
This is a procedure for preventing and treating acute glaucoma in susceptible people.
There is in normal eyes a constant production of fluid in the eye that then has to drain at the same rate out of the eye in order to keep the pressure in the eye stable (Intraocular pressure). The fluid drains past an area called the angle into the trabecular meshwork from where it eventually leaves the eye. Some people have narrow angles which may completely close leading to a sudden build up of pressure called acute glaucoma. This causes the affected eye to be red and painful with a loss of vision.
Laser iridotomy makes a hole in the Iris relieving the block and preventing or treating acute glaucoma.
This treatment is suitable for eyes that have the type of glaucoma where the angle is wide (open angle glaucoma) but the trabecular meshwork develops resistance to outflow of fluid leading to a gradual increase in eye pressure.
SLT reduces outflow resistance and lowers intraocular pressure.