Question: What Is Retinal Laser Surgery?

Laser surgery (photocoagulation)

With laser surgery, your ophthalmologist uses a laser to make small burns around the retinal tear.

The scarring that results seals the retina to the underlying tissue, helping to prevent a retinal detachment.

How long does it take to recover from retinal tear laser surgery?

If you had laser surgery or cryopexy, you should be able to resume normal activities within days, but you should take care not to do anything too strenuous until your eye has healed. If you had retinal reattachment surgery, you can expect to return to work and many other normal activities within two weeks.

Is retinal laser surgery painful?

During treatment, you will see bright flashes of light. Laser treatment is almost always painless. Pain: Most patients have little if any pain following retinal laser surgery. Patients who require more extensive laser may have an ache inside the eye or around the eye.

How serious is a retinal tear?

The retina is very thin, and a tear in it is a very serious and potentially blinding problem. If you develop a retinal tear, it can allow for fluid to enter beneath the retina and cause a retinal detachment. Common symptoms of a retinal tear include the sensation of flashes of light in the eye and floaters.

How much does it cost to repair a retinal tear?

In the facility, hospital surgery setting, weighted cost for PR ranged from $3,726 to $5,901 depending on estimated success rate of primary repair. Weighted cost for SB was $6,770, for PPV was $7,940 and for laser prophylaxis was $1,955. The dollars per line saved ranged from $217 to $1,346 depending on the procedure.