Many retinal and macular conditions can be treated using laser therapy techniques. At Retina Associates of Sarasota, we provide patients with a comprehensive range of care, including photocoagulation and photodynamic laser treatments. We invite you to learn more about the laser therapy treatment options we provide below.
Panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) is a laser therapy used to treat a wide range of conditions, including diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, and retinal artery occlusion. Photocoagulation uses a high-energy laser to close off leaking blood vessels, which helps to reduce or prevent abnormal bleeding in the retina. The procedure is often performed in-office using topical anesthesia eye drops and generally takes less than 15 minutes to complete. However, multiple sessions may be necessary depending on the severity of the bleeding. Mild discomfort post-procedure is normal but should resolve within a day or so.
Photodynamic Laser Treatment
Photodynamic Laser Treatment (PDT) is an advanced laser therapy technique that is used to combat the effects of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by sealing abnormal blood vessels in the macula. PDT works by using a photosensitive medication called Visudyne, which is injected into the bloodstream via IV. When the Visudyne enters the retinal vascular system, a low-energy laser beam is used to activate the drug and seal the leaking blood vessels without harming the rest of the retinal cells.
Currently, PDT is only FDA-approved for the treatment of wet AMD and is only considered appropriate for patients with particularly active leaks of a specific size and definition. Your doctor will determine if PDT is the best treatment option for your unique needs or if another treatment is needed.