Applications of femtosecond lasers in ophthalmic surgery

Kemal Ozulken, Florence Cabot, Sonia H Yoo

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Abstract

Purpose: To review recent advancements in applications of the femtosecond (FS) laser in ophthalmology. Design: Literature review and commentary. Results: With the FS laser, it is now possible to produce a more precise flap diameter, hinge and depth of the flap in laser in situ keratomileusis surgery. Recently, the FS laser has been used for both flap creation and refractive correction by lenticule extraction. This laser can also be used for preparing host and donor tissue in different shapes so as to obtain faster recovery and improved postoperative visual acuity. Intracorneal ring segments for keratoconus and post-laser in situ keratomileusis ectasia can be placed using the FS laser. Higher precision of capsulorrhexis and lens softening is also achievable with FS laser-assisted cataract surgery. Conclusion: Innovations focused on improving FS laser technology will continue and will lead to expanded applications of the FS laser in ocular surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-124
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Review of Medical Devices
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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Ultrashort pulses
Surgery
Lasers
Laser In Situ Keratomileusis
Ophthalmology
Capsulorhexis
Pathologic Dilatations
Keratoconus
Hinges
Lenses
Cataract
Visual Acuity
Innovation
Tissue
Recovery
Tissue Donors
Technology

Keywords

  • femtosecond laser-assisted corneal surgeries
  • femtosecond laser-assisted INTACS implantation
  • femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty
  • femtosecond lenticule extraction
  • FLEx

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering

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Applications of femtosecond lasers in ophthalmic surgery. / Ozulken, Kemal; Cabot, Florence; Yoo, Sonia H.

In: Expert Review of Medical Devices, Vol. 10, No. 1, 01.01.2013, p. 115-124.

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Ozulken, Kemal ; Cabot, Florence ; Yoo, Sonia H. / Applications of femtosecond lasers in ophthalmic surgery. In: Expert Review of Medical Devices. 2013 ; Vol. 10, No. 1. pp. 115-124.
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