What is laser treatment?

The type of laser treatment used to treat diabetic retinopathy is called photocoagulation. A course of photocoagulation usually involves one or more visits to a laser treatment clinic. 

When is the treatment used?

Previously all significant diabetic fluid was treated with laser therapy, but since the advent of anti-VEGF agents and specifically designed steroid treatments above, the decision to treat with laser is a more complex one and requires more detailed assessment of patients. Best vision results tend to be with anti-VEGF therapy. However, in some instances laser therapy might be a useful alternative to injection treatments or be given as an adjunct to intravitreal injections.

What does the treatment involve?

The procedure is quick, lasting a few minutes and the effects last for longer than an injection and some patients prefer laser to repeated intravitreal injections.

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