What is the role of laser photocoagulation in the treatment of hemoglobinopathy retinopathy?

Updated: Sep 03, 2019
  • Author: Brian A Phillpotts, MD; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
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Laser retinal photocoagulation is the more commonly practiced therapeutic modality.

Although relatively safe, laser photocoagulation complications include preretinal hemorrhage, vitreous hemorrhage, retinal breaks, retinal detachment, and choroidal neovascularization.

Different techniques have been advocated in treating proliferative sickle retinopathy, including scatter photocoagulation and feeder vessel photocoagulation.


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