Lasers in ophthalmic practice

28 November 2010
Volume 11, Issue 4

Looking at what a laser is, how it works, what makes the laser such an exceptional light source, and the different ways in which laser light can interact with ocular tissues.

Introduction

Lasers first entered the field of eye care almost 50 years ago and can now be found in numerous ophthalmic applications ranging from biometry to the treatment of retinal pathologies. The purpose of this article is to present, through various examples from optometry and ophthalmology, what a laser is, how it works, what makes the laser such an exceptional light source, and the different ways in which laser light can interact with ocular tissues.

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