Focal macular laser treatment is a method used for reducing the number and size of abnormal new blood vessels in the retina caused by central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO), and diabetic retinopathy.
Before the treatment begins, medicated eye drops are used to dilate the pupils. A local anaesthetic is also applied. Next, the laser is used to treat the peripheral retina. Patients may see brief flashes of lights while the laser is being applied to the eye, but otherwise, this procedure is painless.
Panretinal laser treatment is an outpatient procedure and takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
Recovery after Panretinal Laser
After receiving panretinal laser treatment your vision will be blurry for 1 to 2 hours afterwards. Normal daily activities can resume the day after treatment.
Patients may need to return for additional sessions of panretinal laser treatment in order to fully treat the eye.