LASER is an acronym: it stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Visible light is a form of radiation, and the concept of laser was first described by Albert Einstein 100 years ago.
Lasers became available for use in ophthalmology in the 1970s, but they really took off in the 1980s and 90s. The first eye lasers took up entire rooms, and often had water pouring over the outside or used radiators (like a car!) to keep them cool because they produced enormous amounts of heat.
Today, laser consoles are very small (the size of a Besser block) and portable. They have revolutionised eye treatments and provided hope to people with blinding eye disease where none existed before (e.g. diabetes).
At Townsville Eye Care, we have invested heavily in this important technology, and use many different types of laser routinely. Drs Kelly and Reddie are very experienced in the safe and effective use of laser. Some practitioners are letting their laser skills lapse, but we continue to use laser frequently.
Here are some examples of our laser capability:
This laser is used to polish a lens implant after cataract surgery, and to make a small hole in the iris to prevent or treat some types of glaucoma.
This laser has a diverse role in ophthalmology, and produces a very bright light of purest apple-green colour. The diode laser is especially useful for patients with a torn retina (as part of ageing), and for diabetes.
Sometimes we use a cryotherapy (freezing) probe to treat retinal detachment in our office, rather than in the operating theatre. This helps to minimise cost to patients, especially for those without private health insurance.
Dr Reddie also has a PDT laser to complement the services he can offer. PDT (Photodynamic Therapy) has an established role in some types of retinal disease, and is particularly useful for patients with chronic Central Serous Chorioretinopathy (CSR/CSCR). These lasers are increasingly difficult to find, but we have one in our practice here in Townsville to help our patients and the community.
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Suite 1, 132-134 Ross River Road, Mundingburra Qld 4812