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Erbium laser photoablation of the cornea
Author(s): Holger Lubatschowski; A. Hoegele; Stefan Lohmann; Andreas Olmes; Wolfgang Ertmer
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Paper Abstract

In the mid IR region, where water acts as the main chromophore in soft tissue, pulsed erbium lasers emit radiation with sufficient energy for photoablative tissue processing. In this study, the ablation characteristics of these lasers were analyzed in order to evaluate their potential for clinical application in corneal and intraocular surgery. Histopathological examination of thermal side-effects was performed on porcine corneas. Ablation rates were investigated by on-line depth profiling in free-running and in q-switched mode. Structure and intensity of laser induced acoustic transients were analyzed by piezo-electric PVDF-films.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 December 1996
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2930, Lasers in Ophthalmology IV, (5 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.260857
Show Author Affiliations
Holger Lubatschowski, Laserzentrum Hannover eV and Univ. Hannover (Germany)
A. Hoegele, Univ. Hannover (Germany)
Stefan Lohmann, Univ. Hannover (Germany)
Andreas Olmes, Laserzentrum Hannover eV (Germany)
Wolfgang Ertmer, Laserzentrum Hannover eV (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2930:
Lasers in Ophthalmology IV
Reginald Birngruber; Adolf Friedrich Fercher; Philippe Sourdille, Editor(s)

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