November 1981

Argon Endolaser

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois Hospital Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1981;99(11):2037-2038. doi:10.1001/archopht.1981.03930020913020

• We developed an endolaser probe that is capable of delivering argon laser light for photocoagulation of retinal breaks or vascular fronds. Energy is transmitted through a fiberoptic cord from a console outside of the surgical area to an endolaser probe inside the operating suite. The probe can be fired into fluid- or gas-filled media. With the use of this system, panretinal photocoagulation can be performed rapidly and conveniently during a vitrectomy procedure. We have also successfully managed posterior retinal tears and bleeding fibrovascular fronds with this system.