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Optical Engineering

Excimer laser ablation of the cornea
Author(s): George H. Pettit; Marwood N. Ediger; Richard P. Weiblinger
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Paper Abstract

Pulsed ultraviolet laser ablation is being extensively investigated clinically to reshape the optical surface of the eye and correct vision defects. Current knowledge of the laser/tissue interaction and the present state of the clinical evaluation are reviewed. In addition, the principal findings of internal Food and Drug Administration research are described in some detail, including a risk assessment of the laser-induced-fluorescence and measurement of the nonlinear optical properties of cornea during the intense UV irradiation. Finally, a survey is presented of the alternative laser technologies being explored for this ophthalmic application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 34(3) doi: 10.1117/12.190408
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 34, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
George H. Pettit, Food & Drug Administration (United States)
Marwood N. Ediger, Food & Drug Administration (United States)
Richard P. Weiblinger, Food & Drug Administration (United States)


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