Retinal scanning lasers are non-contact instruments that utilize low-power laser energy to measure the thickness and physical features of the various layers of the retina.
Important clinical functions of retinal scanning lasers include the following
- earlier and more accurate diagnosis of retinal disease
- assist in determing treatment plans
- preoperative surgical risk (cataract surgery, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy)
- postoperative surgical management
Laser scanning may be reasonable and medically necessary in the following clinical circumstances