What is Argon Laser Surgery?

  • Posted on: Sep 30 2013
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Today, laser surgery is considered one of the greatest advancements in eye care treatment.

Argon Laser Surgery is one commonly used, specialized laser eye surgery. This treatment works to prevent future sight loss by reducing pressure in the eye and helping the eye’s fluid flow properly.

During this procedure, a thermal laser is held to the eye. The targeted area of this procedure is the “drainage angle,” where the colored part of the eye and the white covering the eye meet, and where fluids from the eye drain.

This procedure appeals to patients, since it is performed in a doctor’s office, and not a surgery center.

Argon Laser Surgery is effective in treating the following conditions:


Glaucoma damages the eye’s optic nerve, due to fluid pressure in the eye being too high. Although eye drops are primarily used to treat glaucoma, laser surgery creates tiny openings within the eye that allow fluid within the eye to flow normally.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy occurs when the retina of the eye is damaged due to complications from diabetes. The damage causes blood vessels of the retina to leak and bleed inside the eye. Laser treatment helps to seal those vessels, stopping bleeding in its tracks. Although this condition may eventually cause blindness, laser treatment is considered effective in staving off vision loss.

Central Vein Occlusion

This condition involves blood entering the retina, and draining out of the retina through the central retinal vein. When the central retinal vein becomes blocked with blood, it is called “central vein occlusion.” With the vein blocked, the retina can swell and bleed, leading to vision loss. Laser treatment seals the blood vessels, preventing any future leaking, or vision loss.

Retinal Tears

Retinal tears occur when there is a small break in the retina. If any fluid passes through a retinal tear, it can result in the retina breaking away from the surrounding tissue. When that happens, the condition is known as “retinal detachment,” a serious condition which may cause blindness.

Laser surgery seals the retina to the wall of the eye, preventing retinal detachment.

Contact Us for More Information About Argon Laser Surgery

For more information about Argon Laser Surgery, talk to our Argon Laser Surgeons in Southern California today. Contact us to schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra, and Whittier.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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