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Thermoelectrically controlled device for studies of temperature-induced corneal shrinkage
Author(s): David Borja; Fabrice Manns; Viviana Fernandez; Peggy Lamar; Per G. Soederberg; Jean-Marie A. Parel
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of this study was to design and calibrate a device to measure the dynamics of thermal shrinkage in corneal and scleral strips. The apparatus consists of a thermoelectric cell controlled by a temperature controller designed to generate temperatures up to 90 degree(s)C in rectangular corneal strips; a copper cuvette filled with Dextran solution that holds the corneal strip and a displacement sensor that measures the change in length of the tissue during heat-induced shrinkage. The device was tested on corneal tissue from Florida Eye-Bank eyes that were cut into 2x4mm rectangular strips. Preliminary results indicate that our system can reproducibly create and accurately measure thermally induced corneal shrinkage. Shrinkage experiments will be used to optimize laser parameters for corneal shrinkage during laser thermokeratoplasty and laser scleral buckling.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 June 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4611, Ophthalmic Technologies XII, (13 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.470583
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David Borja, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/Univ. of Miami (United States)
Fabrice Manns, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/Univ. of Miami (United States)
Viviana Fernandez, Univ. of Miami (United States)
Peggy Lamar, Univ. of Miami (United States)
Per G. Soederberg, St. Eriks Eye Hospital and Univ. of Miami (Sweden)
Jean-Marie A. Parel, Univ. of Miami (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4611:
Ophthalmic Technologies XII
Fabrice Manns; Per G. Soederberg; Arthur Ho, Editor(s)

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