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Scatter Laser Treatment


Updated August 03, 2009

Scatter Laser Treatment

Scatter laser treatment

National Eye Institute / National Institutes of Health
Definition: Scatter laser treatment is used to treat advanced stages of diabetic retinopathy or proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Scatter laser treatment is applied to the retina to slow or stop tiny blood vessels from leaking.

During the procedure, up to 2,000 laser burns are carefully placed away from the central retina, causing abnormal blood vessels to shrink.

Scatter laser treatment does not usually restore previous vision loss, but helps to prevent further vision loss or blindness from occurring. Although scatter laser treatment works fairly well at halting severe diabetic retinopathy, it may cause side effects including reduced peripheral, night and color vision.

Also Known As: Pan-retinal photocoagulation
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