The threshold for photokeratitis at 193 nm was obtained for the rabbit cornea using an ArF excimer laser. Because ablation occurs at a level below that for photokeratitis, it was necessary to expose the cornea to a lengthy series of low-energy exposures. It is concluded that the 193 nm photons have such a shallow penetration depth, being limited to the outermost epithelial cells, that classical photokeratitis occurs from the fluorescence emitted at the corneal epithelial absorption site. An intact tear film may help to protect the cornea from low-level, scattered 193 nm laser radiation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Photochemistry and Photobiology|
|State||Published - Jun 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)