MicroPulse Laser Therapy (MPLT)
What is (MPLT)?
In contrast to conventional laser treatment where a continuous-wave laser is used to create numerous small burns in the retina, the MicroPulse laser therapy has been proven effective without producing laser burns. While the conventional laser is an effective treatment, the retinal burns, result in permanent and often progressive retinal scarring, and can cause visual loss. MPLT chops the continuous-wave laser beam into a train of tiny, repetitive, low energy pulses separated by a brief rest period in between. This “micropulsing” allows the retina to cool between laser pulses, preventing burns and retinal damage.
With MPLT, risks are reduced or eliminated, with less pain and discomfort than conventional laser treatment; and therefore can be repeated as needed without harm to your vision. For additional information please visit www.treatmydme.com
What to Expect during MPLT?
Dr. Adler will make the diagnosis of Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) or another retinal diagnosis based on a thorough clinical history and examination, usually involving retinal imaging tests to confirm the diagnoses and to provide additional important information. If MPLT is recommended, an informed-consent form will be provided for your review and signature, prior authorization with your insurance company will be collected, and all of your questions regarding treatment will be answered.
To perform MPLT, your eye must be dilated. The lights in the laser room will be dimmed and you will be seated facing the laser machine with Dr. Adler facing you. A drop of a topical anesthetic will be administered to make sure you are comfortable. A special viewing lens will be placed on the front of your eye to perform MPLT. Dr. Adler will then place several laser applications in the areas of the retina where it is needed. Treatment usually takes minutes, and is painless. You may experience some flashing lights during the procedure. If you move during treatment there will be no harm to your eye, but it may lengthen the treatment time. At the end of MPLT, the special viewing lens on your eye will be removed.
For the rest of the day, your vision may be a little blurry. Due to the lens placed on your eye during treatment, it is common to experience a little irritation on the front of your eye for a few hours after treatment. This irritation is usually mild and lessened by the use of frequent artificial tears. Significant pain after treatment should not occur. If it does, contact us immediately. By the next day, your vision should be as it was before treatment. Vision improvement typically occurs after months; however, patients may notice better vision within days to weeks after treatment. It is important for you to continue to follow-up with Dr. Adler on a regular basis for continued monitoring of your condition.