Fondation AnBer Generously Assists Ziv

10/5/2017

Professor Josef Pikkel, Head of Ziv's Ophthalmology Department, said the laser is state-of-the-art and one of very few in in use in medical centers in Israel. Argon laser eye surgery is used to treat a variety of eye conditions including diabetic retinopathy, retinal breaks, glaucoma and macular degeneration. 

The Argon Laser is commonly used to minimize leakage of fluid from blood vessels in the retina or to prevent development of abnormal blood vessels in the eye.

The laser induces heat energy in the retina and can be precisely focused and adjusted from simply stimulating the retina to reduce swelling, to creating small scars in the retina to cauterize blood vessels or prevent a retinal tear from extending and/or leading to a retinal detachment. 

Argon focal laser treatment is used to treat localized leaking blood vessels of the retina, especially in diabetes, retinal vein occlusions and macular degeneration. Focal laser treatment is also used to treat retinal tears, where application of the laser acts to weld the retina back into place.

Argon panretinal laser treatment is used when parts of the retina produce growth factors that encourage development of abnormal blood vessels on the retina or iris. The concern with these abnormal vessels is that they are prone to bleed, potentially causing devastating visual complications.

All of the above-mentioned problems may be related to diabetes or may be caused by other conditions affecting the blood vessels on the retina, such as extreme myopia, injury to the eye, degenerative changes to the eye. With aging comes higher risk.

The actual treatment takes minutes, involves pupil dilation with eye drops and the administration or antiseptic drops, so that there is no or minimal pain.