Lasers In Ophthalmology

Stephen L. Trokel

Any projection into the future of ophthalmic laser surgery must recognize the long history underlying the ophthalmic experience with lasers. By comparison, other medical applications are "Johnny-come-latelies" to laser use. For many years, retinal photocoagulation was the only widespread laser application in surgery and medicine. This early application was based on clinical experience starting in 1954 with non-laser (i.e., xenon arc) retinal photocoagulators. In spite of their bulk and clumsy application interface, they provided a body of clinical experience that prepared the eye surgeon for the advent of laser technology.

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