Laser scleral buckling: A new method to treat retinal detachment

Qiushi Ren, Gabriel Simon, Jean Marie Parel, Yoshiko Takesue, Jinhui Shen, William Smiddy

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Scleral indentation was induced in cadaver eyes by shrinkage of scleral collagen fibers using a pulsed solid state Ho:YAG (2.1 μm) laser with fiber optic delivery. Applying Ho:YAG laser radiation permits control of the amount of laser induced buckling effect by selecting laser treatment parameters such as beam spot, radiant exposure, and number of pulses. With treatment using 11.3±1.2 J/cm2 laser radiant exposure and 5 pulses, laser induced scleral shrinkage affected only the external two-thirds of scleral tissue. No thermal damage or disruption was observed in subjacent retinal pigment epithelium, choroid, or retina. Coupling of two appropriately selected lasers may allow laser induced scleral buckling and transscleral retinal photocoagulation using the same laser probe for retinal reattachment surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-265
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jun 24 1993
EventOphthalmic Technologies III 1993 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jan 17 1993Jan 22 1993

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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