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January 1963

Laser Photocoagulation of the Eye

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Ophthalmology, New York University Medical Center.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1963;69(1):97-104. doi:10.1001/archopht.1963.00960040103017

Introduction  Recent advances in energy amplification techniques have culminated in the development of a new light source, the laser (optical maser).1-3 The unusually intense, monochromatic beam which characterizes laser emission is of particular interest to the ophthalmologist and may find wide application in the biomedical sciences.4,5The present study describes the gross and microscopic appearance of ocular lesions produced by a pulsed ruby laser. Therapeutic photocoagulation, potential research applications, and personnel hazard are discussed.

Principles of Laser Emission*  The term laser is an achronym for /ight amplification by the stimulated emission of

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