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Laser treatment

How does it work?

During laser treatment, areas of the retina affected by leaking blood vessels are exposed to small laser burns that decrease the quantity of fluid and slow down leakage onto it.

How is it administered?

Laser treatment for DME is usually completed in one or more sessions. If you have DME in both eyes, laser therapy will be applied to one eye at a time, with procedures typically separated by several weeks. Before the procedure, the doctor or nurse will use some anesthetic to numb your eye, as well as eye drops to dilate the eye.

Does it have side effects?

Laser therapy can cause discomfort during the procedure and potential damage or scarring to the retina.

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