Laser Therapy for Retinal Tears
Laser may be used to seal a retinal tear in the back half of the eye. This treatment
takes about 15-30 minutes. Vision is checked, and the eye that is to be treated is
dilated. Drops are used to numb the front of the eye. The doctor then uses a laser
to treat the area around the tear. This is
done from either a device he wears on his
head or through a machine on which you
place your chin using a lens placed on your
eye. A flash of light occurs as each laser
burn is placed to seal the retina around the
tear. Many burns are placed on the retina.
The number depends on the size of the tear.
During the laser treatment, some of the
burns may cause pain, but most patients say the pain is mild. Tell the doctor if the
pain is more than mild. After the treatment, ask your doctor if there are any physical
restrictions. There may be some mild pain or aching, like a headache. You can use
Acetaminophen if needed. For the next few days, your vision may be blurred, and
you may feel like you are seeing lights.
University Station Eye Clinic, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
When the clinic is closed, your call will be forwarded to the hospital paging
operator. Ask for the “Eye Resident on Call”. Give the operator your name and
phone number with area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, call 1-800-323-8942 and ask to be transferred to the
Please call if you have any questions or concerns.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have
any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not
medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health
needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If
you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 1/2016. University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority. All
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