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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Posted on Tue, June 14, 2016
by Madeline Cooley