Ophthalmic Innovations - Lasers

Ophthalmic Innovations - Lasers

The study of ophthalmology encompasses a wide range of specialties and an anatomically                                                                              complex structure, each aspect of which has seen medical advances throughout the years.

 Although their use within the ophthalmic industry is                                                                                                not a recent discovery, lasers are among the                                                                                                              largest--both in size and innovative impact-- advances                                                                                            that the industry has experienced.

The most common types of lasers used within the profession are:

  • Argon: used in diseases of the retina, as well as open-angle glaucoma
  • Diode: used in diseases of the retina
  • YAG: used for cutting through thin membranes. For example: creating an                                     opening in the iris for treatment of narrow angle glaucoma
  • Excimer: used for its cutting capabilities in LASIK and PRK procedures                                          to reshape the cornea
  • Femtosecond: used for LASIK flap creation, and more recently to perform a                                   capsulorhexis during cataract surgery

Each laser has a specialty--tissue cutting, removal, shrinking,                                     stretching--and has contributed to improved medical capabilities                                  in terms of procedural accuracy and efficiency, which have in                                         turn increased the level of care and visual outcomes that patients                           have come to expect.

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