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Closure of incision in cataract surgery in-vivo using a temperature controlled laser soldering system based on a 1.9µm semiconductor laser
Author(s): Ilan Gabay; Svetlana Basov; David Varssano; Irina Barequet; Mordechai Rosner; Marcel Rattunde; Joachim Wagner; Max Platkov; Mickey Harlev; Uri Rossman; Abraham Katzir
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Paper Abstract

In phacoemulsification-based cataract surgery, a corneal incision is made and is then closed by hydration of the wound lips, or by suturing. We developed a system for sealing such an incision by soldering with a semiconductor disk laser (λ=1.9μm), under close temperature control. The goal was to obtain stronger and more watertight adhesion. The system was tested on incisions in the corneas of 15 eyes of pigs, in-vivo. Optical Coherent Tomography (OCT) and histopathologic examination showed little thermal damage and good apposition. The measured average burst pressure was 1000±30mmHg. In the future, this method wound may replace suturing of corneal wounds, including in traumatic corneal laceration and corneal transplantation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9702, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XVI, 97020B (7 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2209133
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Ilan Gabay, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Svetlana Basov, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
David Varssano, Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Irina Barequet, Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Mordechai Rosner, Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Marcel Rattunde, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik (Germany)
Joachim Wagner, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik (Germany)
Max Platkov, Ariel Univ. (Israel)
Mickey Harlev, Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Uri Rossman, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Abraham Katzir, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9702:
Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XVI
Israel Gannot, Editor(s)

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