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November 1967

Accidental Q-Switched Laser Lesion of Human Macula

Author Affiliations

Palo Alto, Calif
From the Department of Ophthalmology, Palo Alto Medical Clinic, Stanford University School of Medicine and Palo Alto Medical Research Foundation, Palo Alto Calif.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1967;78(5):596-599. doi:10.1001/archopht.1967.00980030598007

A case is reported of accidental macular burn from a Q-switched laser. Reconstruction of the accident indicates that 1 to 3 millijoules of energy entered the pupil. A single intramuscular injection of 80 units of corticotropin (ACTH [Britian]; Acthar, comparable US product) was given. The visual acuity recovered from 20/25-2 to 20/15-2.