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Magdalena G. Krzystolik, M.D. - Paul B. Greenberg, M.D.

Expert retinal care for Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts

Retinal Laser - Retinal diseases and treatments

Retinal Laser

PRPLaser surgery can be used to treat diseases of the retina. Lasers produce a beam of light that is then converted to heat when it reaches the eye. This heat can then be used to destroy abnormal blood vessels that are bleeding or leaking fluid in diabetic retinopathy or destroy abnormal eye tissue such as tumor. The heat from the laser can also be used to bond the retina to the back of the eye in patients with retinal tears or holes.

Laser surgery has several advantages over conventional surgery. In laser surgery there is no risk of infection from the laser, it can be performed in an outpatient setting allowing patients to return home shortly after the procedure, and it allows the surgeon to have great precision and control.

Different types of lasers can be performed to treat eye diseases other than retinal, for example, lasers are used in patients with refractive errors or glaucoma.