Subretinal neovascularization after focal argon laser for diabetic macular edema

Ophthalmology. 1988 May;95(5):567-73. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(88)33148-9.


The authors reviewed four cases of iatrogenic subretinal neovascularization after focal argon green photocoagulation for clinically significant diabetic macular edema. An inappropriate combination of small spot size with a high-power setting is the common feature in each case of iatrogenic subretinal neovascularization. Close follow-up with fluorescein angiography is used to identify iatrogenic subretinal neovascularization at an early, treatable stage. All four patients responded favorably to laser photocoagulation of the subretinal neovascular membrane.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Choroid / blood supply*
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / pathology
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / surgery*
  • Edema / pathology
  • Edema / surgery*
  • Female
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Humans
  • Iatrogenic Disease
  • Laser Therapy / adverse effects*
  • Macula Lutea* / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / etiology*
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / pathology
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / surgery
  • Reoperation
  • Visual Acuity