Patients' Preference Regarding Laser Photocoagulation or Cryoretinopexy for the Treatment of Retinal Pathology
Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases
Purpose:High-risk peripheral retinal pathology can be prophylactically treated with both laser photocoagulation (laser) and cryoretinopexy (cryopexy). We sought to identify a possible preference by patients toward one modality and any underlying association.
Methods:A single-center survey was conducted of patients with peripheral retinal pathology who received both laser and cryopexy at Associated Retinal Consultants (Royal Oak, Michigan). The main outcome measure was the preferred treatment modality.
Results:Patients reported more pain after cryopexy (46%) than laser (11%). Most patients felt it was easier to recover from laser (52%) than cryopexy (13%). Overall, patients preferred laser (60%) to cryopexy (25%), with a minority (15%) having no preference. There was a negative relationship between a patient’s likelihood of preferring cryopexy and the number of applications (P = .009).
Conclusions:Most patients preferred laser (60%) to cryopexy. If cryopexy is performed, minimizing the number of freezes may improve the patient’s experience and recovery.
Bakhsh SR, Shields RA, Tahboub MA, Capone A. Patients' Preference Regarding Laser Photocoagulation or Cryoretinopexy for the Treatment of Retinal Pathology. Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases. 2022 Jan 6(1):47-53.