Laser surgery of the retina is used to treat a variety of conditions, with each requiring a different type of application. Several pulses of laser are usually applied during the procedure, with each pulse creating a very small scar.
Common conditions treated with laser surgery include retinal tears, retinal holes, and diabetic retinopathy. Please refer to the other topics in the Education section for more information about these specific conditions.
Laser surgery is typically performed in the office using the same microscope used to examine the eye. The procedure itself lasts several minutes. There can be variable degrees of discomfort with the laser, although it is by and large very tolerable. Because the laser light itself is very bright, vision will be momentarily abnormal after the procedure for a few minutes—as if the eye had been subjected to several hundred flashbulbs.