Laser treatment of retinal diseases
retinal cataract, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tear or detachment etc.
The advanced ophthalmic laser YAG-SLT (Ellex) and VISULAS YAG III Combi (ZEISS) is used to treat the following conditions of the eye:
- secondary cataract
- retinal diseases: retinal tears, diabetic retinopathy, central retinal vein occlusion and branch retinal vein occlusion, other retinal diseases causing the build-up of fluid in the centre of the retina and/or growth of new blood vessels
Glaucoma is treated with Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, which improves fluid drainage and lowers the eye pressure by affecting the tissues of the eye with a short-wavelenght laser. The unique feature of this procedure is that the new-generation YAG-SLT laser only affects a particular part of the eye, the so-called trabecular meshwork, which lies between the iris and the cornea. Extremely short high-intensity light pulses prevent the cells from heating up, hence, sparing surrounding eye tissues.
The short procedure which only takes up to 15 minutes is performed under anaesthesia for your own comfort. You can go home immediately after the treatment.
Laser treatment that is started in good time will help to retain your current eyesight and avoid further deterioration.
Laser capsulotomy treatment prices
Regular price Regular For clients who are not covered by compulsory health insurance
Focal photocoagulation (1 eye)
One eye laser capsulotomy (secondary cataract treatment using YAG laser)
Photocoagulation of degenerative lesions of the retinal periphery (1 eye)
Photocoagulation of diabetic maculopathy (1 eye)
Retinal panphotocoagulation (1 eye)
Retinal tear photocoagulation (1 eye)
Selective laser trabeculoplasty due to glaucoma, for one eye
YAG Laser Treatment (1 eye) - iridotomy (due to glaucoma)
What factors affect the price?
The prices indicated below apply to citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and the European Union.
If you are coming from another country please check the price by telephoning or sending an email.
When are the examinations are carried out:
2 hours for the most common (routine) blood tests and urinalysis.
The reports of computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) imaging and other
instrumental examinations are usually ready immediately, i.e within 2-3 hours after the examination.
What should you know about the laser capsulatomy treatment?
- Put the drops in your eyes and take all your medicines as usual.
- We recommend that you have someone to go home with as you will not be able to drive following the procedure.
- We recommend bringing your sunglasses as your eyes with be sensitive to light due to dilated pupils.
- Anaesthetic eye drops are put into the eye before putting a special lens on the eye to stop your eyelid from closing.
- The pupils are dilated so that the doctor can see your retina clearly.
- The treatment is performed at the microscope in the sitting position. You must sit very still, keep your head in a fixed position and look where the doctor tells you to.
- During the treatment you will feel bright flashes of light. Laser treatment is usually painless.
- The duration of the procedure depends on the scope and usually lasts for about 5-15 minutes.
- The vision is blurred for 3-4 hours due to pupil dilation.
- You must continue to put drops in your eyes and use medicines as usual.
- The doctor will inform you about any possible restrictions.
- Your post-procedure appointment will be scheduled.
- You must contact your doctor immediately if your vision suddenly deteriorates or you experience sharp pain.
- Driving is not recommended on the day of the treatment.
To choose us
- The procedures are performed by experienced doctors.
- The procedure can be carried out right after the consultation if your appointment is with the doctor who performs it.
- We work with the latest-generation diagnostic equipment and laser.
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
When a retinal tear occurs, the vitreous fluid can pass through the tear and cause retinal detachment. Depending on its severity, the retinal detachment may result in vision loss. The laser is used to seal the retina around the tear and to form the scar tissue.
Diabetes mellitus sufferers eventually develop retinal complications: the retinal vascular conductance increases and the retina begins to swell. If this happens in the central part of the retina, there is a deterioration in the vision. Moreover, the impaired retinal vascular circulation causes the growth of new blood vessels in the eye. These blood vessels are abnormal, they are weak and bleed easily. The laser is used to reduce retinal vascular conductance and swelling, as well as to shrink the new vessels and protect the eye from the proliferation of new blood vessels and vision loss.
Laser treatment is used when the central part of the retina starts to swell and/or when new blood vessels start to grow in the eye. This method is used in order to stabilise the vision and to prevent further deterioration.
The following laser treatments can be used for glaucoma:
- Trabeculoplasty. Glaucoma is an eye condition where the optic nerve is damaged by abnormally high pressure in the eye. The field of vision gradually narrows and blindness can result. At the beginning glaucoma is treated with eye drops. When drops no longer reduce the pressure in the eye, laser treatment may be used.
- Laser peripheral iridotomy. This treatment is used to treat angle closure glaucoma, when, due to a certain anatomic anomaly, the iris blocks the normal circulation of the fluid within the eye and causes the pressure in the eye to increase. During the procedure, the laser makes 0.2-0.4 mm micro holes in the iris, thus restoring drainage of the ocular fluid
During cataract surgery the cloudy lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens. Some people experience opacification of the posterior capsule of the lens after a certain time following their cataract surgery. This means that their good vision deteriorates again. When the pupil is dilated, the laser makes an opening in the centre of the clouded capsule. This procedure is pain-free and only takes a few minutes.