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Laser thermokeratoplasty by means of a continuously emitting laser diode in the mid IR
Author(s): Ralf Brinkmann; Norbert Koop; Katharina Kamm; Gerd Geerling; Juergen Kampmeier; Reginald Birngruber
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Paper Abstract

Laser thermokeratoplasty (LTK) has been performed with a continuously emitting, tunable laser diode at 1.86 micrometers . A study on enucleated porcine eyes was conducted in order to demonstrate the feasibility of this laser source for LTK and to determine the useful irradiation modalities. Refractive changes achieved with different application systems and a standard coagulation pattern, consisting of 8 coagulation spots on a 6 mm ring, were measured. The most promising sets of parameters were carried out in a first animal study with mini pigs. Initial refractive changes up to 6 D could be achieved in vitro and in vivo with laser powers between 120 mW and 200 mW and irradiation times of several seconds. In conclusion, the mid-IR laser diode operated at a wavelength of 1.86 micrometers seems to be the optimal source for a clinical LTK system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 December 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2930, Lasers in Ophthalmology IV, (5 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.260876
Show Author Affiliations
Ralf Brinkmann, Medizinisches Laserzentrum Luebeck GmbH (Germany)
Norbert Koop, Medizinisches Laserzentrum Luebeck GmbH (Germany)
Katharina Kamm, Medizinisches Laserzentrum Luebeck GmbH (Germany)
Gerd Geerling, Medizinisches Laserzentrum Luebeck GmbH (Germany)
Juergen Kampmeier, Medizinisches Laserzentrum Luebeck GmbH (Germany)
Reginald Birngruber, Medizinisches Laserzentrum Luebeck GmbH (Germany)


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

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