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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Thermal lensing in ocular media exposed to continuous-wave near-infrared radiation: the 1150–1350-nm region
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Paper Abstract

Ocular damage threshold data remain sparse in the continuous wave (CW), near-infrared (NIR) radiation region save for the 1300-nm area that has been investigated in the past several decades. The 1300-nm ocular damage data have yielded unusual characteristics where CW retinal damage was observed in rabbit models, but never in nonhuman primate models. This paper reviews the existing 1300-nm ocular damage threshold data in terms of the fundamental criteria of an action spectrum to assist in explaining laser-tissue effects from near-infrared radiation in the eye. Reviewing the action spectrum criteria and existing NIR retinal lesion data lend evidence toward the significant presence of thermal lensing in ocular media affecting damage, a relatively unexplored mechanism of laser-tissue interaction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2008
PDF: 10 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 13(5) 054005 doi: 10.1117/1.2978066
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 13, Issue 5
Show Author Affiliations
Rebecca L. Vincelette, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Ashley J. Welch, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Robert J. Thomas, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Benjamin A. Rockwell, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
David J. Lund, U.S. Army Medical Research Detachment (United States)

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