About Retinal Laser Treatment
The experienced ophthalmologists at Koch Eye Associates perform retinal laser treatments for many common retinal conditions, including tears, detachments, and those associated with abnormal blood vessel growth. The treatments are done with a panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) laser and sometimes include the use of a focal laser. These lasers are able to remove or seal off the targeted blood vessels affecting the macula. Each laser treatment is tailored to the specific needs of the patient, including his or her retinal condition and its progression. Retinal laser treatments are outpatient procedures that are done in our Warwick and Woonsocket, RI offices and only take about 20 minutes. Some patients may only require the laser treatment, while others may have the treatment as part of a larger treatment plan.
"I first went to Koch Eye many years ago after being referred there for a follow up appointment after being treated at the emergency room for an eye injury, That was the only time I actually saw Dr. Koch himself (who was very nice by the way) It is only in the last few years (since my old lady eyes have begun to need reading glasses) that I have come in regularly for my eye exam and glasses prescription. I never have any problem with wait time because there are several optometrists. Really the only thing I am not crazy about is their hours. I wish it was possible to get an evening appointment or that there was an occasional Saturday. The office staff is pleasant and courteous"- I.C. / Yelp / May 09, 2019
"Kathy and Zach at Koch Vision Store are just terrific; very knowledgeable about selections and have great recommendations when one is considering lenses/frames."- J.M. / Google / Nov 22, 2019
"I had been going to Vision World/ Works for the last 20 years for eye exams, glasses, contacts. When I was last seen a few years ago I was told my eyes had weakened and I needed -6.0 in my left eye and -5.0 in my right, a substantial increase from -4.75 left and -3.75 right two years before. Needless to say I experienced hyperopia and needed readers for the first time. I wasn't able to read labels, see my phone, or use a laptop without readers of at least +2.5. I was recentl...y seen by Dr Besen at Koch Eye who prescribed contacts of -5.25 left and -4.25 right. I'm absolutely certain that Vision World had me in lenses that were too strong because now I can see my laptop without readers, and I can see my phone if I hold it at arms length. Not only can I see better (for distance as well as close up), but the entire experience of walking into Koch, being greeted by reception, having a preliminary exam by the optician assistants, receiving a full eye exam by the optometrist, being properly fitted for glasses by the optician, and checking out with reception, is exponentially superior with Koch. Clearly the entire staff enjoy their careers, and are friendly, professional, and completely competent. Thank you, Koch Eye Associates! I will recommend you to everyone I know. Sincerely, Kate Carroll"- K.C. / Facebook / Nov 13, 2019
"Everyone is always completely professional and so friendly and accommodating. Thank you Danielle, Nancy, Janine, Catherine, Jess and Dr. Fantoni! Highly recommend!"- J.M. / Google / Sep 13, 2019
"Koch Eye Associates saved my vacation. I was here from out of town and ripped my last contact lens. I was lucky I had my prescription with me and they had my lens in stock. In less than 20 minutes, I had a brand new lens and was on my way! Thank you Koch Associates for saving me from a very long ride home with only1 contact lens in my eyes. Very courteous friendly staff who were willing to listen and help and save my day!"- L.M. / Google / Aug 16, 2019
Most patients considered as candidates for retinal laser treatment are in the mid or late stages of diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD). However, wet AMD patients are typically treated with retinal injections first with laser treatment used as a secondary option. Other conditions that are sometimes treated with retinal laser procedures include:
- Retinal holes
- Lattice degeneration
- Partial retinal detachment
There are several factors that can affect whether a patient is a candidate. Your ophthalmologist will perform a comprehensive evaluation at your consultation to determine whether you may benefit from the procedure.
Your retinal laser procedure will be performed at the Koch Eye Associates facility in Warwick or Woonsocket, RI Prior to your procedure, an eye health professional will administer numbing and dilation agents to your eye. When your eyes are ready, your ophthalmologist will place a device over your eye to keep you from blinking and to keep your eye still. Then, one or both lasers will be used to seal up any retinal damage, as well as leaking blood vessels. Depending on the degree of your retinal condition, the procedure can take from 10 – 20 minutes.
After your procedure, your ophthalmologist will monitor you for a few more minutes to make sure you do not experience any unusual reactions to the treatment. You will then be given an eye patch to wear for a few days, especially while sleeping, to protect your healing eye. An eye health professional will discuss the details of your aftercare instructions and schedule your follow-up appointments, and then you will be released to recover at home. As your ophthalmologist assesses your progress during your follow-up visits, he or she may also determine that you would benefit from supplemental ocular injections or corticosteroids.
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Our team of ophthalmologists at Koch Eye Associates uses the most advanced techniques in the field to help our patients fight against vision loss. Our goal is to always improve our patients' overall eye health and vision, which translates into more fulfilled, independent lives. If you are interested in retinal laser surgery, schedule an evaluation at one of our facilities in Providence, Warwick, North Kingstown, Johnston, Woonsocket, or Wakefield, RI to see how we can help you control your retinal condition.