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What is laser photocoagulation?

What is laser photocoagulation?

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 more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Laser Photocoagulation (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is laser photocoagulation and what effect does it have?

What is laser photocoagulation and what effect does it have?

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

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What is the definition or description of: laser photocoagulation?

What is the definition or description of: laser photocoagulation?

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

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Would it be unusual for vision to be blurred a day after laser photocoagulation?

Would it be unusual for vision to be blurred a day after laser photocoagulation?

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

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What is the average cost of a laser photocoagulation procedure/surgery?

What is the average cost of a laser photocoagulation procedure/surgery?

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

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I had laser photocoagulation about two weeks ago to get rid of retinal tears/was that necessary?

I had laser photocoagulation about two weeks ago to get rid of retinal tears/was that necessary?

Absolutely: To prevent the tear becoming a retinal detachment. Detachments require full surgery, and that is much more serious than simpl laser. ...Read more

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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? .

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?

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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 more

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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?

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 more

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Second opinion for retinal photocoagulation procedure?

Second opinion for retinal photocoagulation procedure?

Get one: The question is incomplete, but when in doubt always seek second opinion abd dont be afraid to ask questions. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Laser (Definition)

Laser is an abbreviation for light amplification ...Read more