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Many retinal disorders involve abnormal or damaged blood vessels. These vessels may leak blood into the surrounding area, resulting in gradual vision loss. With laser treatment, the high energy light beam seals the capillaries shut. Closing the blood vessels may not restore your vision. But it can prevent the blood from leaking out of the capillaries. This stops the condition from getting any worse.
During laser treatment, a laser is used to close leaky blood vessels in the eye. It may be used to treat:
The entire procedure normally takes 20-40 minutes, so you should not have to stay in the hospital overnight. You may need to come back for another round of laser treatment. Because of the anaesthetic, the treatment should not be painful.
Some patients experience side effects after laser treatment. These typically last no more than a few hours.
Blurry vision may be a side effect, but it could also be a natural result of the eye drops given before the laser procedure. For this reason, patients will not be able to drive home or ride the bus alone. All patients should be accompanied by another adult. Wearing sunglasses can help if your eyes are more sensitive to light.
Complications are rare, but they do exist. They may include: