Retinal Laser Treatment
Thermal laser is used to treat retinal tears and some cases of diabetic retinopathy and vein occlusions that have non-perfused retinal blood vessels. The treatment can be delivered either through an indirect ophthalmascope, or through a slit lamp and contact lens. Because there is a thermal change, sometimes the laser treatment is uncomfortable and we recommend that patients have a driver.
Sub-threshold micropulse laser
Sub-threshold micropulse laser is typically given for conditions with leaking blood vessels including diabetic macular edema, central serous chorioretinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, and wet age-related macular degeneration. Treatment is delivered through a slit lamp and a contact lens. There is no pain or decrease in vision, since it is not a thermal laser.