Lasers for eye surgery use a complex system of mechanisms which create a single, powerful beam of light made up of one wavelength or color. This beam is then focused on the area of the eye requiring surgery. Different types of lasers can be used to treat different types of eye problems. At Quigley Eye Specialists we have a wide range of different types of lasers, allowing us to treat and resolve many different kinds of eye issues including cataracts, diseases of the vitreous, open-angle glaucoma, retinal disease, and diabetic and macular conditions.
Laser surgery is focused, honing in on the exact area of the eye that is having the issue, allowing for more precise surgery and faster recovery. It can be performed with little to no pain, it’s cost-effective, and no hospitalization is needed! The chances of infection are also greatly reduced thanks to this advanced technology.
A one-time treatment of an eye condition is considered surgery. If repeated treatments are needed for this condition, it is then considered laser therapy.
Cataracts: Lasers do not remove the actual cataract, but can be used to prep the eye for a new intraocular lens.
Glaucoma: A laser called the SLT laser can be used as an alternative way to treat glaucoma instead of eye drops or tablets. This procedure is also covered by Medicaire, and can be performed at Quigley Eye Specialists.
Small retinal tears: these can be repaired by laser surgery to help prevent further detachment from the retina.
Diabetic complications: A common complication of diabetes the leaking of blood vessels in the eye under the retina. Laser surgery can be used to seal these blood vessels and keep them from leaking.
Macular degeneration: If it is detected early, those experiencing a fast progression of macular degeneration may benefit from laser therapy.
For most treatments, you will remain sitting up, leaning forward slighting with your chin and forehead supported by a chin rest. If required, anesthesia usually comes in the form of special eye drops.
Laser surgery is not painful, although some discomfort can be expected depending on the type of surgery. This is often compared to the feeling of looking into a bright light—for example, oncoming headlights while driving.
After surgery your eyes may feel slightly itchy and be light sensitive, but these symptoms typically last no more than two days after surgery is complete.
Once a science fiction miracle, today the lasers at Quigley Eye Specialists are a practical tool used in the effort to maintain and restore good vision. Laser surgery is more efficient, and allows for faster recovery time so you can begin to enjoy your favorite activities again!