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Idiopathic juxtafoveal retinal telangiectasia
Other Names for this Disease
- Idiopathic juxtafoveal retinal telangiectasis
- Idiopathic juxtafoveal telangiectasis
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Laser photocoagulation of areas of leakage may be helpful in restoring and preserving central visual acuity is individuals with certain subtypes of IJT, such as Group 1A. A laser is a powerful beam of light which, combined with ophthalmic equipment and lenses, can be focused on the retina. All lasers cause a certain amount of controlled damage in order to elicit the desired effect. Small bursts of the laser can be used to seal leaky blood vessels, destroy abnormal blood vessels, seal retinal tears, and destroy abnormal tissue in the back of the eye. Photocoagulation usually is not considered for individuals in Group 1B because of the proximity of the leakage to the fovea and the good prognosis without treatment. It may be of benefit for individuals in Group 2, but in most cases, the abnormal lesions are so close to the fovea that treatment is problematical.
Last updated: 7/24/2012
- Retinal vascular diseases. Digital reference of ophthalmology. http://dro.hs.columbia.edu/juxtafovtel.htm. Accessed 7/23/2012.
- Yanoff & Duker. Ophthalmology, 3rd ed. USA: Mosby, An Imprint of Elsevier; 2008;
- Laser Photocoagulation. Retina Vitreous Center. 2010; http://www.retinavitreouscenter.com/procedures_laser_photocoagulation.html. Accessed 7/23/2012.
Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Idiopathic juxtafoveal retinal telangiectasia. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
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