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 lamp.
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 treated early.
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 taken.
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 Atrium.
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 Avenue).
- 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 hospital.
- 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 left.
- Check in at the information desk just inside the Atrium.
- After you check in you will be directed to the Laser Treatment Center. (Take a left out of the Atrium then the Laser Treatment Center is the first door on the left.)
For further information, consult your doctor or call Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center at 607-798-5991.