Laser photocoagulation is a minimally invasive procedure used to seal or destroy leaking blood vessels in and under the retina that lead to serious retinal conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and macular edema. This procedure can also seal retinal tears and destroy abnormal tissue found in the back of the eye.
During laser photocoagulation, laser burns are made on the retina to target leaking blood vessels or treat an area to reduce retinal swelling. Laser treatment is also useful in treating various benign ocular tumors. In treating a retinal tear, the tissue around the tear is treated to “seal” the tear.