Here at The Retina Group of Washington, one of the most common treatments that our retina specialist in Chevy Chase uses is a treatment called cryotherapy. Cryotherapy involves the use of a very cold probe (note: cryotherapy involves “freezing”), and placing it against the wall of the eye. By doing so, our retina specialist in Chevy Chase is sealing the retina against the wall of the eye. This technique creates what is referred to as an “adhesive scar.” This adhesive scar is useful because our retina specialist in Chevy Chase will typically be using cryotherapy if the patient has a tear in the retina. To begin the cryotherapy process, our retina specialist in Chevy Chase will first numb the eye so that you do not experience any pain throughout the procedure. The patient usually does not feel anything as the numbing medication is being administered. The most the patient will feel is some pressure, which may be slightly uncomfortable. After the eye has been numbed properly, our retina specialist in Chevy Chase uses the necessary technologies to carefully look in the eye and see where the probe should be placed in order to ensure the most effective cryotherapy treatment experience for you. The probe should be placed exactly adjacent to the tear in the retina. Then, that area is frozen and the adhesive scar is formed.
If you would like to learn more about cryotherapy or any of the other many services that our retina specialist in Chevy Chase has to offer, we highly recommend that you visit the main Retina Group of Washington website to browse through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns that we can assist you with in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the staff here at The Retina Group of Washington directly. You can reach us either by giving us a call here at the office, or by sending us a message online using the contact form on our website. We look forward to working with you soon here at The Retina Group of Washington.