The retina is a layer at the back of the eye that is responsible for vision. With conditions like diabetic retinopathy your retina may go through a series of changes. These may include leakage or closure of blood vessels. These changes may progress in severity leading to reduced vision.
What does the laser do and how does it work?
This type of laser treatment is performed using a thermal laser. Focal laser is targeted at specific areas of the retina to seal up leaking blood vessels. The amount of laser burns to the retina varies, depending upon the severity of your retinopathy.
What to expect
- You will be in the hospital for at least 2 hours.
- You will be given drops to enlarge your pupil, so you will be unable to drive home.
- Local anaesthetic drops will also be put in your eye before the procedure.
- Treatment is delivered through a lens which rests against the eye.
- Please take all of your usual medications prior to your appointment, unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
- If you have diabetes please ensure you have your normal meals and bring snacks for while you wait.
- Side effects may include slight discomfort and sensitivity to light (photophobia). Wearing sunglasses (with your prescription, if required) can make the trip home more comfortable.
- Please arrange for someone to pick you up and drive/take you home.
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Ph: 03 9929 8666
Diabetes Australia – Victoria
Ph: 03 9667 1777