The potential for maintaining the lenticular capsule largely intact while surgically removing the lenticular nucleus and cortex has long been an enticing research goal. Recently, the xenon-chloride 308-nm excimer laser has been shown to be effective for endocapsular ablation with laser energy delivered through an optical fiber. Concern for safety has centered on the potential for UV-B damage to other ocular structures during irradiation of the lens. By contrast, the use of an infrared IR-B laser wavelength for this application would not pose the same photobiological hazard. Comparative hazard estimates are provided for these techniques.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Lasers and Light in Ophthalmology|
|State||Published - 1990|
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