Laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) is a very commonly used technology in a modern eye clinic. Lasers are used in both our diagnostic imaging equipment to help scan tissue layers inside the eye and also in therapeutic equipment to help treat diseases and correct vision. Treatment with a laser is often referred to as Laser Eye Surgery.
Laser Eye Surgery can refer to dozens of different types of lasers and treatments approved for a very wide range of conditions both inside and outside the human eye. These treatments may range from minor office-based procedures to major procedures at an outpatient surgery center.
Most people think of vision correction surgery like LASIK when they refer to Laser Eye Surgery. LASIK surgery is done on the front part of the eye (cornea) by an ophthalmologist trained in this specific procedure and helps patients achieve vision correction without the need for glasses or contacts. Other commonly used laser procedures include lasers for glaucoma (SLT, ALT, iridotomy), lasers for assistance in cataract surgery (FLACS), and lasers to clear or “polish” intraocular lens implants after cataract surgery (YAG).
Lasers are also often used to treat many retina conditions. At Louisiana Retina, we specialize in Laser Eye Surgery for any and all conditions that affect the retina. This may include laser treatment of retinal tears or holes, laser treatment for macular edema from diabetic retinopathy, laser treatment for retinal vein occlusions, laser treatment of retinal detachments, as well as laser treatment of other vascular or proliferative lesions.
At Louisiana Retina, we specialize in Laser Eye Surgery for any and all conditions that affect the retina.
Most retina laser treatments can be done in one of our offices with minimal downtime and discomfort. Our specialists will discuss with you the risks, benefits, and alternatives to the specific treatment recommended, and our compassionate staff will help you through the whole process.
Some laser treatments are done in our outpatient surgery center under mild sedation with or without simultaneous retina surgery (vitrectomy).
How to Prepare for Laser Retina Eye Surgery
When our patients prepare for surgery, we typically do not require a driver to accompany them on the same day of their procedure. However, some patients, especially for their first procedure, may not feel safe driving home afterward and should secure transportation ahead of time.
Retina laser treatment is not usually painful and typically only requires eye drops for appropriate anesthesia effect. The discomfort can be compared to staring at a bright light like a flashlight.
Vision recovery is usually quick after office-based laser treatments but depends on the condition for which you are being treated. Your specialist will give you accurate expectations at the time of your procedure.
Receive Laser Eye Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA
Before you can proceed with laser eye surgery, you must schedule a consultation with your retina specialist. This appointment will allow the surgeon to assess your vision, health, and any underlying conditions that could affect the success of the procedure.
Our team of board-certified and fellowship-trained Retina Specialists at Louisiana Retina will ensure that you have the most modern and compassionate care available.