Argon laser eye surgery is used to treat a variety of eye conditions including diabetic retinopathy, retinal breaks, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Argon laser is commonly used to minimize leakage of fluid from blood vessels in the retina or to prevent development of abnormal blood vessels in the eye. It is a simple and effective procedure.
Focal laser treatment
Argon focal laser treatment is used to treat localized leaking vessels of the retina, especially in diabetes, retinal vein occlusions and macular degeneration. Disease improvement may take weeks to months. Focal laser treatment is also used to treat retinal tears, where application of the laser acts to weld the retina back into place.
Panretinal laser treatment
Argon panretinal laser treatment is used when parts of the retina produce growth factors that encourage development of abnormal blood vessels on the retina or iris. The concern with these abnormal vessels is that they are prone to bleed, potentially causing devastating visual complications. Panretinal treatment takes longer than focal treatment because more laser applications are applied to the retina as opposed to just one area.
Argon laser trabeculoplasty is used in the treatment of glaucoma. Glaucoma is caused by increased pressure in the eye, leading to potential damage to the optic nerve resulting in loss of vision. This procedure is used to improve openings in the drainage pathways of the eye, decreasing eye pressure.
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