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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-54

Recent developments in retinal lasers and delivery systems

1 Vitreoretinal Services, Narayana Nethralaya Super specialty Eye Hospital, Bangalore, India
2 Vitreo-Retinal Service, Aravind Eye Hospital, Anna Nagar, Madurai, India
3 Vitreo Retinal Consultant, Retina Foundation, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Chaitra Jayadev
Consultant, Vitreoretina Services, Narayana Nethralaya Super specialty Eye Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.126179

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Photocoagulation is the standard of care for several ocular disorders and in particular retinal conditions. Technology has offered us newer lasing mediums, wavelengths and delivery systems. Pattern scan laser in proliferative diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema allows laser treatment that is less time consuming and less painful. Now, it is possible to deliver a subthreshold micropulse laser that is above the threshold of biochemical effect but below the threshold of a visible, destructive lesion thereby preventing collateral damage. The advent of solid-state diode yellow laser allows us to treat closer to the fovea, is more effective for vascular structures and offers a more uniform effect in patients with light or irregular fundus pigmentation. Newer retinal photocoagulation options along with their advantages is discussed in this review.

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