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Retinal lasers have been specifically designed to pass through non-retinal tissue avoiding any damage to the lens and cornea. With the advance in technology laser beams can be focused on the retina for non-invasive surgical treatment. The laser light energy is absorbed by specific tissue at the back of the eye and converted to heat. The heat causes a very small area of damage to the retina prevents worsening of retinal condition.

How is retinal laser surgery performed?

Laser surgery is performed at the Annan Retina Eye Center and is non-invasive. The laser can be delivered to the retina in several different ways depending on what part of the retina needs to be treated. The treatment is performed under local anesthetic and usually takes between 10-15 minutes.

Does laser surgery hurt?

Laser treatment is almost always painless. If you need more extensive laser treatment you may suffer from discomfort during the treatment process.


How should I prepare?

  • Get someone to accompany you

  • Take your eye drops as usual

  • Bring a dark pair of sunglasses to wear after your treatment

What to expect after laser surgery?

  • Following the procedure most patients have little if any pain.

  • Sometimes following extensive laser surgery some patients can develop an ache inside or around the eye

  • It is usual to have blurry vision for the first few hours after laser surgery

  • You will have to restrict your activity following the laser surgery

To learn more about treatment options or any concerns you may relating to retinal laser surgery please schedule a visit with Dr El Annan at the Annan Retina Eye Center. Please call 346-22A-NNAN to speak to a member of staff who will be more than happy to help you.

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