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retinal tear laser complications?

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Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Low risk procedure: A retinal tear can be surrounded by laser, which helps to prevent retinal detachment. One complication is that the treatment is not adequate, and a detachment happens anyway. There can be some discomfort during the laser procedure, but there is virtually no risk of inflammation, and no risk of infection. It is remotely possible that the laser could be applied to an unintended part of the retina.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology 50 years experience
Might not take: Rarely it might not "take" and need to be repeated or another procedure performed. This is independent of the performing ophthalmologist.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How hard is it to miss a retinal tear thats big enough to need laser?

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Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Retinal tear.: This depends on the size, location in the retina and the method used to examine the retina. And sometimes suspicion may necessitate a second examination.

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