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Laser Treatment for Retinal Holes and Tears

The retina, located in back or posterior part of the eye, is a thin lining which contains nerve tissue that converts images from the optical system of the eye to nerve impulses that are then transmitted to the brain.  A retinal tear is a hole that forms in this lining.  Tears can form as part of a normal aging process as the vitreous or gel type substance in the eye shrinks, pulling away from the retina.  Trauma to the eye can also cause a retinal tear.  People who have a high degree of nearsightedness are more prone to develop retinal tears due to the shape of the eye.

Retinal TearIf left untreated, retinal tears will almost always progress into a retinal detachment.  Dr. Baker treats retinal tears with a laser by placing several laser spots around the existing hole. This procedure is called a laser retinopexy.  The laser spots create scar tissue around the hole helping to keep the retina in place.

Your eye will be dilated for the procedure.  A numbing drop is applied. A small pinching sensation may be felt as the laser fires.  It is very important to remains still during the procedure.  Depending on the size of the tear, your treatment will normally take 5 to 15 minutes. After your procedure, a mild discomfort may be noticeable but easily treated with ibuprofen. 

It is very important to report any of the following symptoms immediately:
    •    increase in flashes or floater
    •    pain which is not relieved by ibuprofen
    •    decrease in vision
    •    feeling like a dark curtain is coming across your vision


At Baker Eye Institute in Conway, cataract surgery has benefited countless patients whose vision was fading, many who were nearly blind. Our experienced cataract surgeon, Dr. David Littleton Baker, can help reintroduce you to a world of clear vision. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about cataract surgery and the difference in IOLs.

If you live in the Conway or Little Rock, Arkansas region and would like further information about cataract surgery, schedule a vision consultation at Baker Eye Institute today. We pride ourselves on offering the latest advances in cataract surgery, including premium lens technology.


Providing excellence in eye care for over 18 years, Baker Eye Institute offers advanced treatment for medical and surgical diseases of the eye and eyelid. Dr. Baker helps restore the vision for patients throughout the state with an advanced no-stitch cataract surgery. You likely know someone who has already had the procedure done and is enjoying their renewed vision.


Schedule your eye care appointment with Baker Eye Institute by simply filling out our online form. For your convenience we have provided patient forms online so that you may print them and fill them out prior to your appointment.


Baker Eye Institute values the importance of vision. We have taken great length to provide our patients with Financing Options so that their vision doesn't become a burden to their lifestyle.