LASER KERATOME: ARE THE DAYS OF BLADES GONE?

Asima Cuevas

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Refractive surgery is constantly evolving. The newly FDA approved PulsionTM FS laser uses femtosecond technology to create corneal flaps without the use of a blade. It is an all laser alternative to the way Laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is traditionally done. An infrared laser using a two-micron spot at 10-12 speed with the computer system controlling the procedure, creates the flap with improved precision up to 600%. An excimer laser is then used to correct the refractive error as in traditional LASIK.

CASE REPORT(S). There will be a multimedia presentation of flaps created by the PulsionTM FS laser on both previously untreated eyes and eyes with flap comlications caused by the traditional microkeratome.

CONCLUSIONS. Flap creation is the area that most complications occur in traditional LASIK. This new technology will reduce or may eliminate flap complications during the LASIK procedure. Further study on a large number of subjects is recommended.

Details

Year: 2001

Program Number: Poster 146

Author Affiliation: State University of New York

Co-Authors: William Tullo, Mark Speaker

Co-Author Affiliation: TLC Manhattan, TLC Manhattan

Room: Poster 146