Laser phacoemulsification: Considerations of safety and effectiveness

D. H. Sliney

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-276
Number of pages10
JournalLasers and Light in Ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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