Accidental Nd:YAG laser-induced choroidal neovascularization

Howard S. Ying, Robert C.A. Symons, Kristie L. Lin, Sharon D. Solomon, Peter L. Gehlbach

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Background: There are few reports in the literature to describe the natural history of an occupational Nd:YAG laser-induced retinal injury. Methods: The chronological response to a Nd:YAG laser-induced injury was studied in a 48-year-old male using the techniques of color fundus photography, fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography. When he developed choroidal neovascularization his response to photodynamic therapy with verteporfin was recorded. Results: The patient initially developed a macular hole, which spontaneously closed. Three months after the injury a choroidal neovascular membrane developed. This stabilized after the use of photodynamic therapy. Conclusions: Surgical closure of Nd:YAG induced macular holes should be delayed to allow spontaneous closure. Photodynamic therapy was successful in treating choroidal neovascularization in this case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-242
Number of pages3
JournalLasers in Surgery and Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008


  • Accident
  • Choroidal neovascularization
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Injury
  • Laser
  • Macular hole
  • Nd:YAG
  • Neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Photodynamic therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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