Laser eye surgery has been found to have fewer complications than corticosteroid dosages, according to new research.
The study, supported by the National Eye Institute, found that laser eye surgery was equivalent to two injections of the medication as well as being safer.
Dr Ingrid Scott, a professor at Penn State College of Medicine and co-chair of the study, commented that the report is the first to show how the two treatments have a similar impact on patients suffering from loss of vision.
"The lower rate of complications with laser treatment may indicate that it is the best proven treatment option for patients at this time."
Patients tested were suffering from branch retinal vein occlusion, which leads to retinal swelling.
Those treated using corticosteroid injections were found to be more at risk of developing cataracts.
In another part of the same Standard Care versus Corticosteroid for Retinal Vein Occlusion study, it was stated that the condition frequently occurs in those who suffer from diabetes.