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Retinal Scanning Lasers

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Retinal scanning lasers are non-contact instruments that utilize low-power laser energy to measure the thickness and physical features of the various layers of the retina.

Important clinical functions of retinal scanning lasers include the following

  • earlier and more accurate diagnosis of retinal disease
  • assist in determing treatment plans
  • preoperative surgical risk (cataract surgery, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy)
  • postoperative surgical management

Laser scanning may be reasonable and medically necessary in the following clinical circumstances

  • glaucoma
  • glaucoma suspect
  • disorders of the optic nerve and visual pathways
  • retinal detachments and defects
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • other retinal disorders
  • macular degeneration
  • disorders of the vitreous
  • uveitis
  • visual disturbances
  • systemic disease
  • neoplasm of the eye
  • injury to the eye
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