A Closer Look at Argon Laser Surgery
- Posted on: Jun 28 2015
Argon laser surgery is effective in treating multiple eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, central vein occlusion as well as retinal tears and holes. It also helps prevent the further degradation or worsening of existing eye conditions. An intense light beam is directed into the retina using the laser machine during the argon laser procedure. It is an outpatient procedure typically performed by an ophthalmologist.
Understanding Argon Laser Treatment
If you have any specific eye condition that qualifies for an argon laser treatment, it would be helpful to read through the following points:
- The treatment: Your doctor will use anesthetic drops in the eye so as to avoid any kind of discomfort during the procedure. It is followed by placing a contact lens on the eye to enable focusing of laser beam. It is important to remain still during the treatment. The procedure can take anywhere between five to forty five minutes depending on the condition of the eye.
- Temporary side effects of surgery: The eye drops used for dilation will cause a blurring of the vision for three to four hours post-treatment. The retina can temporarily swell, but this typically improves over time. Your night vision may also be reduced for a small period of time following this procedure.
- Effects of argon laser surgery: Long-term research studies indicate that the argon laser surgery helps maintain IOP control for 67-80 percent of the treated eyes one year after treatment. Additionally, IOP control is maintained for 35-50 percent of eyes five years after treatment. It is also possible to repeat the argon laser surgery so as to target the remaining trabecular meshwork (TM).
Interested in Learning More About How Argon Laser Surgery Can Treat Damaged Eyes? Contact Shammas Eye Medical Center.
For more information about the Argon Laser Surgery, treatment of specific eye conditions and other information, contact Shammas Eye Medical Center. We are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra and Whittier. We look forward to hearing from you soon.