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How is laser photocoagulation used to treat retinal tear and detachment?

Jeffrey S. Heier, MD
Ophthalmology
The laser photocoagulation procedure to treat retinal tear and detachment is done on an outpatient basis with topical anesthesia. During this procedure, the doctor uses pinpoints of laser light to create tiny burns around any small holes or tears in the retina (the innermost layer of the eye). The resulting scar tissue forms a barrier, essentially welding the retina to the back wall of the eye so that it is less likely to detach.

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