Retinal Diagnosis and Treatment

Retinal Disease Treatment

Many retinal diseases share common symptoms and treatments, but each has unique characteristics. The goal of retinal disease treatments is to stop or slow disease progression and preserve, improve or restore vision. If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment immediately:

  • Flashing lights
  • Floaters/spots/strands
  • Shadows
  • Straight lines appearing wavy
  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Decreased intensity of colors
  • Blind spot in your center vision
  • Holes in your vision

The Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado has a powerful combination of the best doctors and the best technology to handle any vitreo-retinal disease or emergency.

OCT Angiography (OCTA)

for the Diagnosis of Retinal Vascular Disorder and Macular Degeneration

This technology provides advanced diagnostic techniques for retinal diseases. The OCT machine takes 70,000 scans per second of the patient’s retina and uses that information to construct a 3D representation. The software then compares the 3D models created over time and pinpoints objects that are moving – these moving objects are tiny red blood cells. The computer is then able to use this knowledge of the location and movement of red blood cells to construct a model of the patient’s retinal blood vessels – all done without any injection of dye. This whole process takes about 3 seconds. This new tool does not replace conventional dye-based angiography, but rather compliments it; patients may still require traditional angiography in order to provide the most accurate diagnosis and treatment.

MicroPulse Laser Treatment

At the Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado, we offer Retinal MicroPulse Laser Therapy (MPLT) to safely and effectively treat patients with retinal disorders and open-angle glaucoma.

This technology provides advanced treatment for retinal problems, glaucoma, and other eye disorders. Colorado residents can access this state-of-the-art eye care in our Longmont office.

MicroPulse works by electronically “chopping” the continuous-wave laser emission used in conventional laser treatment, into trains of tiny, repetitive, low-energy pulses separated by a brief rest period in between. This “micropulsing” allows the tissue to cool between laser pulses, preventing damage.

Benefits of MPLT:

  • Physician can more precisely control the laser on targeted tissues
  • Less chance of tissue burns and scarring than conventional laser treatment
  • Increased patient comfort and satisfaction
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Painless, requiring only anesthetic eye drops
  • Can be repeated as necessary without harm to the patient’s vision

MPLT Treatment Options:

  • Macular edema related to:
    • Vascular occlusion
    • Diabetic retinopathy
    • Central retinal vein occlusion
    • Branch retinal vein occlusion
    • Radiation retinopathy
  • Central serous chorioretinopathy
    • Open-angle glaucoma

To learn more about Retinal MicroPulse Laser Therapy treatment, contact us today to schedule an eye exam. Our four locations throughout the Colorado Front Range allow you to receive convenient care close to home.

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