What are the risks of laser treatment?
In conventional laser treatment, the effect is always achieved through the destruction of a small area and therefore always leads to the impairment of small areas of the retina. In general, this is not consciously perceived by the patient, as the damaged parts of the retina usually only have a small diameter of approx. 0.1 mm. In certain cases, vision may deteriorate, however.
Many patients find it uncomfortable to put on a special contact lens for laser treatment. Sometimes, this treatment contact lens can cause pain after the treatment. However, this generally subsides relatively quickly. Nevertheless, the treatment duration and the glare of the laser can lead to unpleasant sensations for the patient. Very rarely, bleeding and an increase in intraocular pressure may occur.
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"The Navilas laser achieves an excellent precision. Facing the increase importance of microsecond pulse laser, the strength of a detailed documentation of every single laser spot is a huge advantage. My patients highly appreciate the comfort of a contact-free laser treatment."
Prof. Dr. Focke Ziemssen, University Eye Hospital Tübingen