Retinal Laser

Clinical Case: Coats' Disease

This is a retinal photograph of a rare disease named Coats' Disease. In this disease, retinal blood vessels become abnormally leaky, resulting in blindness in the worst cases. You can see the abnormal blood vessels on the far left hand side of the photograph.

The small white spots are lipids (cholesterol) leaking from those abnormal blood vessels.

The treatment of Coats' Disease is retinal laser to prevent ongoing leakage. The pale white dots on the retinal photograph below are laser spots that have been applied a minute or two before.

It takes a surprisingly long time for retinal laser to work, usually months. In the photograph below, you can see that the amount of leakage from the blood vessels is considerably less and the abnormal blood vessels have reduced.

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