Other Treatments for Retinal Conditions
When it comes to retinal diseases, time is of the essence. Early detection ensures that you can preserve as much vision as possible and prevent future vision loss. Left untreated, many retinal conditions can result in blindness. At Colorado Retina we offer a range of in-clinic treatments for all kinds of conditions to help you enjoy the best vision for as long as possible.
Laser Photocoagulation is a minimally invasive laser procedure that treats damaged parts of your macula to help preserve your vision. After placing some numbing drops in your eye, we use a highly focused light to seal retinal tears and eliminate any abnormalities. This procedure typically takes about 15 minutes per session (some conditions require multiple sessions) and can be used to treat a range of retinal health issues, including:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Diabetic macular edema
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Choroidal neovascularization
- Retinal tears
- Some types of tumors
- Laser Photocoagulation is typically performed in-clinic and is a low-risk procedure with long-lasting positive effects.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic Therapy is an effective technique for treating vision loss issues. It involves combining a laser with special medicine that’s activated under a specific kind of light. The medicine is a dye called verteporfin which is injected into your vein and distributed through your body.
One of our doctors will shine a laser into your eye to activate the medication. The dye enables us to focus the laser with a great degree of precision, eliminating or sealing any abnormal blood vessels so they don’t leak, slowing any further vision loss. After infusion, your skin may be sensitive to sunlight for a week. Be sure to cover up with long sleeves, hats, and pants.
Pneumatic Retinopexy is an in-office procedure used to repair a detached retina. After sealing any breaks in your retina using retinal laser therapy or cryopexy, we insert an air or gas bubble into the area near your retina. This bubble supports your retina until it fully reattaches. In the weeks following the procedure, the bubble shrinks as your eye returns to normal.
Cryopexy is a non-invasive procedure that uses extreme cold to freeze portions of your retina from outside the eye, creating scar tissue that seals retinal tears. The procedure is conducted with a cryopexy probe and requires only topical anesthesia to complete. For a few days following the treatment, your eyes may be blurry and extra sensitive. You may also experience some temporary discomfort or redness, but these symptoms should subside within two weeks.
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