Lasers In Ophthalmology

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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