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Femtosecond lasers in ophthalmology: clinical applications in anterior segment surgery
Author(s): Tibor Juhasz; Zoltan Nagy; Melvin Sarayba; Ronald M. Kurtz
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Paper Abstract

The human eye is a favored target for laser surgery due to its accessibility via the optically transparent ocular tissue. Femtosecond lasers with confined tissue effects and minimized collateral tissue damage are primary candidates for high precision intraocular surgery. The advent of compact diode-pumped femtosecond lasers, coupled with computer controlled beam delivery devices, enabled the development of high precision femtosecond laser for ophthalmic surgery. In this article, anterior segment femtosecond laser applications currently in clinical practice and investigation are reviewed. Corneal procedures evolved first and remain dominant due to easy targeting referenced from a contact surface, such as applanation lenses placed on the eye. Adding a high precision imaging technique, such as optical coherence tomography (OCT), can enable accurate targeting of tissue beyond the cornea, such as the crystalline lens. Initial clinical results of femtosecond laser cataract surgery are discussed in detail in the latter portion part of the article.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 February 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7589, Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications X, 758904 (25 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847895
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Tibor Juhasz, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)
LensxLasers Inc. (United States)
Zoltan Nagy, Semmelweis Univ. (Hungary)
Melvin Sarayba, LensxLasers Inc. (United States)
Ronald M. Kurtz, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)
LensxLasers Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7589:
Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications X
Alexander Heisterkamp; Joseph Neev; Stefan Nolte; Rick P. Trebino, Editor(s)

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