169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905
Lasers have excelled as a tool for eye surgery and are used to
treat many diseases that may affect different parts of the eye. The
laser treatment itself usually takes a short time to perform, and
in most cases, the treatment is painless and non-traumatic.
The procedure is very similar to a visit to the eye doctor. You
will be seated at a slit lamp device where you put your chin on a
chin rest and the doctor looks into your eye through what looks
like binoculars. Sometimes special lenses are also used. The only
discomfort during the procedure may be the bright light from the
After the procedure, you may be asked to come to the doctor's
office for a checkup later that same day.
Lasers are safe. They allow many conditions of the eye to be
treated without traditional surgery, which means that you can have
the procedure done in a comfortable, office-like setting. Remember,
your doctor is the best judge of whether laser treatment is
appropriate for you.
Some conditions treatable with lasers are:
Retinal Tears - A sudden onset of flashers or
floaters in one or both eyes. Vision may not be affected.
Diabetic Retinopathy - A condition that can
cause blindness or reduced vision.
Macular Degeneration - A
severe loss of central or reading vision.
Glaucoma - Loss of vision caused by
this disease can be prevented most of the time if detected and
Membranes of the Eye - After cataract surgery
or as a result of disease process, clouding can decrease vision.
Lasers can be used to open a hole in these membranes to allow
clearer vision. Many patients are able to see more clearly within a
few minutes following treatment.
Though they are state-of-the-art tools, not all conditions can
be helped with laser treatments.
Your physician may want you to have a series of photographs,
either prior to or following laser treatment of your retina. This
light sensitive tissue is locate at the back of the eye. A
technician will photograph the retina with a special camera in a
painless and quick procedure. Some patients will require the use of
a dye to help outline the blood vessels in the eye. The dye is
injected into a vein in your arm, and as it flows through the small
blood vessels in the eye, a series of photographs will be
Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment
Center has been designed with you in mind. Lasers for use
in skin and eye treatments are conveniently located in a
comfortable hospital setting. Every possible effort will be made to
make your stay at Lourdes as comfortable as possible.
How to Get There
Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center
is located on the main floor of the hospital inside the
Convenient parking is available in Lot G.
- Use the West Drive to enter the Lourdes Hospital campus
(located at the traffic light at Riverside Drive and Kneeland
- Proceed down the West Drive to the second stop sign. The
Ambulatory Care Center and the new Main Entrance to the Hospital
will be on your left.
- Turn right to park in Lot G.
- Enter through the new Main Entrance.
- Pass the reception desk then turn left to enter the main
- Proceed down the hallway to elevators 1 & 2.
- Take elevators 1 & 2 to the main floor.
- As you get off the elevator, there is a hallway to the
immediate right; follow this hallway to the Atrium located on your
- Please check in with the Secretary in the Ophthalmology Surgery
/ Laser Treatment Center. The entrance to the Center is located
across from the gift shop/café.
For further information, consult your
doctor or call Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment
Center at 607-798-5991.