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What Treatment Is Available for Ocular Histoplasmosis?

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What Treatment Is Available for Ocular Histoplasmosis?

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There are no eye drops or antibiotics known to be effective in ocular histoplasmosis. When abnormal vessels grow outside of the centermost part of the macula, laser surgery has the best chance of stopping the progression of abnormal blood vessels. If the vessels are growing in the very center, newer laser techniques may help. Sometimes it is possible to do a delicate operation to reach under the retina and physically remove them. What is Laser Treatment Like? Laser is a precisely focused beam of light, which can seal (cauterize) tissue in the retina. The laser beam seals abnormal vessels but does not help already damaged retinal tissue to function better. If some of the visual decrease is due to swelling from leaky blood vessels rather than scar tissue per se, then laser may actually help vision by allowing the swelling to subside. Laser surgery is done in the office and is not painful. After the treatment, you will be free to return home. Unfortunately, laser surgery does not always e

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