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No alcohol,driving: NO alcohol and no driving for about one week after the procedure. No swimming, diving or anything that could raise your eye pressures. Avoid eye strain, and excess rapid movements of the eye during the same period. Also avoid raised systemic blood pressure, e.g. don't miss doses of anti-hypertensive agents. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Laser photocoag: Laser energy is focused light energy of one wavelength. The light is absorbed into the target that is known to absorb that wavelength of light well, sparing other structures. The energy then is transformed to heat in the target and that seals up the blood vessel by coagulating it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more info: Are you asking about retinal laser photocoagulaton, say for diabetes? Diabetic retinopathy has two stages which may be treated with laser photocoagulation; macular edema, the most common, and proiferative diabetic retinopathy are both treated differently by the same laser. "focal" laser is used to treat the leakage whereas "prp" is used to treat patients with proliferative diabetic retiopathy. ...Read more
Laser coag: Laser coagulation or laser photocoagulation surgery is used to treat a number of eye diseases and has become widely used in recent decades. During the procedure, which is usually performed on an outpatient basis, a laser is used to finely cauterize ocular blood vessels to attempt to bring about various therapeutic benefits. ...Read more
It depends: Patients that have focal laser or panretinal photocoagulation can develop swelling in the central part of their vision causing blurred vision. If this persists for more than a few days you should contact your treating physician. Occasionally patients need to be treated with medications to reduce swelling in the macula after laser. P. ...Read more
Ask your surgeon: You will need to discuss this with the surgeon or doctor who will be performing the procedure. Or discuss with the surgeon's billing department to determine the cost. ...Read more
How effective is infrared photocoagulation in treating hemoroids? How does the cost compare to other surgeries?
See below: Bipolar, infrared and laser coagulation are generally effective for treatment of grade 1 and grade 2 hemorrhoids. It may be associated with higher recurrence rate compared to rubber band ligation, but with fewer side effects. Other options include sclerotherapy, open/closed surgical excision and stapled hemorrhoidectomy. Surgical intervention is usually more expensive than an office procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can laser photocoagulation be used to treat macular degeneration? I'm 65 and was recently diagnosed with macular degeneration. I want to do whatever i can to prevent myself from going blind. Is laser photocoagulation a safe treatment to cure my condition?
Not really: Modern treatment of macular degeneration involves the use of laser photocoagulation less and less. Most people have dry macular degeneration which does not require surgical intervention. For those with the wet form, drugs are used much more than lasers today. Regardless of the treatment, we cannot cure macular degeneration currently. We can only manage it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can laser photocoagulation be used to treat macular degeneration? I was recently diagnosed with the "dry" form of macular degeneration. Is having laser photocoagulation a treatment option available to me, and would this prevent further vision loss?
Laser no help: Laser for dry macular degeneration has been studied well. Laser to the macula of dry amd patients makes drusen go away, so it looks better on exam. The laser does not change whether or not there is vision loss. Vitamin supplementation is the only proven preventive therapy, and reduces the risk of vision loss by about 25%. The vitamin formula now recommended is called areds 2 formula. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Age: The vitreous jelly changes as we age and it pulls away from the back of the eye (retina) - a posterior vitreous detachment. During this process, if the jelly pulls hard enough on the retina (especially in a thin or weak area) it can tear the retina which can subsequently detach. Other risk factors include myopia, cataract surgery, head/eye trauma, family history, lattice degeneration, etc. ...Read more
Flashes and floaters: Typically patients will note flashing lights particularly at night. They may also note floating 'specks' in their vision caused by loose bits of the vitreous gel at the back of the eye. Some may note a curtain over a peripheral part of the vision. All these call for an immediate dilated eye exam by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Many possible causes: As we age, the vitreous may pull away from its attachment to the retina at the back of the eye. If the vitreous pulls hard enough to tear the retina in one or more places, fluid may pass through, lifting the retina off the back of the eye, causing it to detach. Some risk factors for detachment are: nearsightedness, trauma to the eye or a family history of retinal detachment. ...Read more