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First in-vivo studies of presbyopia treatment with ultrashort laser pulses
Author(s): Tammo Ripken; Alexander Heisterkamp; Uwe Oberheide; Ron R. Krueger; Elke Luetkefels; Wolfgang Drommer; Wolfgang Ertmer; Holger Lubatschowski
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Paper Abstract

The most probable reason for presbyopia, the age-related loss of the accomodation-ability of the eye, is an age-related loss of the elasticity of the lens. To increase the elasticity, resp. regain elasticity we performed different fs-laser-induced cuts with an near-infrared 5 kHz femtosecond laser inside ex-vivo and in-vivo rabbit lenses. Sagittal and annulus cutting patterns in the lens were produced by focusing the laser beam through the cornea inside the lens and creating a laser induced optical breakdown. The cutting results were recorded with light microscopy and finally, after euthanization, changes in the optical fibers of the lens tissue were described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 October 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5142, Therapeutic Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions, (16 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.500421
Show Author Affiliations
Tammo Ripken, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
Alexander Heisterkamp, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
Uwe Oberheide, Laserforum Koeln e.V. (Germany)
Ron R. Krueger, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation (United States)
Elke Luetkefels, Tieraerztliche Hochschule Hannover (Germany)
Wolfgang Drommer, Tieraerztliche Hochschule Hannover (Germany)
Wolfgang Ertmer, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
Holger Lubatschowski, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5142:
Therapeutic Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions
Rudolf W. Steiner, Editor(s)

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