Computed estimation of visual acuity after laser refractive keratectomy

Pascal Rol, Jean Marie Parel, Khalil Hanna

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A number of surgical techniques has been developed to correct ametropia (refractive defaults) of the eye by changing the anterior corneal radius. Because the air-cornea interface makes up for about two-third of the refractive power of the eye, a refractive correction is obtained by a suitable photoablation of the cornea. For this purpose, an ArF excimer laser which emits a wavelength of 193 nm is being used. After a mechanical removal of the epithelium, the Bowman's layer and the corneal stroma are photoablated on typically 50% of the central surface of the cornea with various precomputed shapes. After regrowth of the epithelium, a smooth interface with air develops itself, which can be attributed to a mechanical equilibration. Yet, SEM studies have shown that irregularities can remain in the new stromal surface. This study is an attempt to quantify the vision blur as a function of the deformation observed at the epithelium-stroma interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-93
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of Ophthalmic Technologies - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 21 1991Jan 22 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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