Laser photodisruptors. Damage mechanisms, instrument design and safety

M. A. Mainster, D. H. Sliney, C. D. Belcher, S. M. Buzney

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Short-pulse neodymium:YAG clinical laser systems permit noninvasive incision of transparent intraocular structures. Selection and safe use of these photodisruptors, however, require a limited understanding of certain basic physical principles. These principles are reviewed and applied in a series of optical experiments designed to study the performance and safety of clinical, short-pulse laser systems. The results of these experiments are presented, in addition to an analysis of current and proposed photodisruptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)973-991
Number of pages19
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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