If You Are Having Retinal Laser
Will I need a driver for my laser appointment?
Yes, it is recommended that you have a driver on the day of the procedure. Your pupil(s) will be dilated for your laser treatment which will blur your vision.
I was scheduled for a few laser treatments for my Diabetic Eye disease. Why is that?
This particular laser treatment is performed on the peripheral retina, and cannot be done in one session. It is far too much for one session for your eye(s) and for your comfort. It is important to keep your scheduled laser appointments to prevent further progression of your diabetic eye disease.
Do I need time off from work for treatment?
There is no recovery time necessary, however, your pupil(s) will be dilated, and therefore may not be able to drive or perform tasks which are visually demanding for up to 5 hours from dilation time. If you do plan to return to work immediately, please keep in mind that you may be in the office for up to 2 hours for your appointment.
Will the laser treatment improve my vision so I don't have to wear glasses?
No, this is not the same as laser vision correction. Laser vision correction commonly known as LASIK is done on your cornea (the front clear surface of the eye) to help decrease your dependency on glasses.
Retinal laser is used to treat retinal diseases such as diabetes and retinal vein occlusion.
Is there a cost for retinal laser?
If you have a valid Ontario Health Card, there is no charge for retinal laser.
Does laser treatment hurt?
No, this is a painless procedure. You may experience mild pricking sensation in some areas which have more nerve endings. There is no lasting discomfort.