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Laser procedures

There are various different types of lasers, and these lasers work in different ways. Some examples of laser procedures include:  

  • The femtosecond laser can be used in dense cataracts to soften the cataract and replace some of the initial steps in cataract surgery.  
  • Laser can be used for cloudy vision which occurs following cataract surgery.
  • In glaucoma it can be used to improve drainage of fluid from the eye and lower intraocular pressure.
  • In patients with narrow angles the laser can be used to create a safety valve and prevent sudden rises in pressure.
  • Laser is used in various retinal conditions. It can be used to seal the area around retinal tears and holes so that fluid does not get in behind the retina and cause retinal detachment. It can be used in diabetic retinopathy to seal off leaking blood vessels, or to redirect the blood supply.

How each laser works in a particular  situation will be discussed with you prior to the procedure, and you will be given the opportunity to ask questions.

Laser cataract surgery

A special type of laser called the femtosecond laser can be used to perform some of the initial steps in cataract surgery. This includes some of the cuts normally done manually and softening of a dense cataract. This can be helpful in particularly difficult cataracts, but is not  necessarily helpful in all, nor does it necessarily give a better result in every situation. Our doctors will discuss with you what the most appropriate type of procedure is for your situation.

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