Retinal laser treatment (argon laser) is performed to treat retinal conditions such as retinal tears, retinal holes, retinal detachments and diabetic eye disease.
Retinal tears and retinal holes are treated with an argon laser procedure that places tiny laser ‘’spots’’ to surround the retinal tear ,which helps to create a seal around the torn retina and prevent retinal detachment from occurring. During retinal detachment surgery, argon laser is also used to create a laser seal around retinal tears and holes.
Diabetic macular oedema results in swelling at the macular (central retina at the back of the eye) and can be treated with intravitreal injections and/ or Argon laser treatment. Argon laser treatment is aimed at reducing the risk of vision loss in diabetic patients with macular oedema. Laser treatment (in conjunction with intravitreal injections) can also be performed for patients with macular oedema from retinal vein occlusions.
With proliferative diabetic retinopathy (severe bleeding at the back of the eye as a result of advanced diabetes) Argon laser can be used to treat diabetic retina and shrink leaky blood vessels. Without treatment leaky blood vessels can bleed inside the eye and reduce vision significantly. Argon laser treatment is important in reducing the risk of vision loss in diabetic retinopathy.
How is cataract surgery performed?
Cataract surgery involves the removal of the cloudy lens of the eye (cataract), using a procedure known as phacoemsulsification.
The natural lens is replaced with an artificial one via a small incision. Typically the artificial lens is plastic (intra-ocular lens). This common and safe procedure is performed as day surgery hospital. Whilst patients are typically awake during cataract surgery, a local anaesthetic is administered to ensure the eye is numb and no pain or discomfort is felt.
If it is determined that cataract surgery is required for both eyes, it is usually scheduled a few weeks apart.
The good news is that once a cataract has been removed, the condition will not return. Depending on the individual there may be a need for further maintenance treatment in the future.
Post operative care
Whilst the side effects of cataract surgery are rare, it is important that patients are aware of things to look out for.
Once the new lens is inserted into the eye, it cannot be felt so if a patient experiences a feeling of pain or pressure inside the eye it should be reported. If vision deteriorates it also should be reported.
Dr. Joseph Park from Westside Eye Clinic will prescribe eye drops to be used for up to 4 weeks post surgery. At this point, it is recommended that a new prescription glasses be organised so that optimal vision is achieved.
If you are concerned about a sudden change in your vision or are looking to discuss your suitability for cataract surgery call Westside Eye Clinic in West Brisbane. A consultation will allow you the opportunity to discuss the benefits and potential risks so that an informed decision about surgery can be made. Organise a referral from your optometrist or GP and take the first step towards achieving improved vision and health.
About Westside Eye Clinic
Westside Eye Clinic is a specialist Ophthalmology practice located in Jamboree Heights near the Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre, in the Western Suburbs of Brisbane.
Dr Joseph Park is a Specialist Ophthalmologist (an Eye Doctor) who trained in Brisbane and undertook further studies at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Western Eye Hospital in London, United Kingdom.