Laser use in treating retinal conditions and diseases has been a common practice for many years. Lasers’ use to treat retinal diseases has improved significantly over time. People who undergo retinal laser intervention often need little downtime for recovery. Lasers are non-invasive, and can pass through several layers of the eye without doing damage to target the retina. Because of this, along with the widespread success of treatment using lasers, both retinal specialists and patients often choose lasers over other treatment methods for various retinal conditions.


Several of the laser procedures we offer at Budden Retina include:

  • Retinal laser photocoagulation

Retinal laser photocoagulation, sometimes called panretinal laser photocoagulation or PRP, is a procedure where the laser is used to travel through the outer layer of the eyes, which are not sensitive to light, directly to the retina, which is light sensitive. The laser beam transmits heat onto the light-sensitive retinal structures to create scars in order to stop the growth of new tissue or blood vessels that are problematic and causing visual disturbances. This use of the laser doesn’t cure vision or a retinal condition, but it is often successful in stopping the progression of a disease.

  • Photodynamic laser therapy

Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, combines infrared laser with a medication like Visudyne (Verteporfin), which is light-sensitive, to treat age-related macular degeneration and other vascular problems in macula or choroid layers of the eye. This procedure is minimally invasive and can be completed in the office. The medication, or dye, is injected into your arm and activated with the laser when the medication travels through your bloodstream to your eye’s blood vessels. The laser is used to seal off the blood vessels causing the disease and thereby prevent the continued progression of the disease.

  • Laser retinopexy

Laser retinopexy is a less invasive option than surgeries, used to correct retinal tears. It can also be used to treat the early onset of retinal detachments. The procedure involves an injection of a gas bubble to help position the retina in its proper place. Then the laser acts as an adhesive to reattach the retina to the other layers of the eye. This repairs the tear or detachment and helps prevent further incidents.

After laser treatment

Outcomes with laser treatments are often favorable due to minimal recovery time and little to no pain associated with the procedures. Vision is usually restored within days to weeks. Dr. Budden and his staff will walk you through recommendations following surgery to minimize risk and to aid in your recovery.

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To request your appointment, fill out the form below in its entirety. We will contact you within 24-48 hours to schedule your appointment. If you have additional questions, please call us at 504-354-9690 and our staff will be glad to assist you. Thank you for choosing Budden Retina!