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August 1967

Laser Coagulation: International Ophthalmology Clinics, vol 6, No. 2, Summer 1966.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1967;78(2):262. doi:10.1001/archopht.1967.00980030264026

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This volume constitutes a succinct and valuable review of the role of both light and laser coagulation in present day clinical ophthalmology, quite wisely reminding the reader that both therapeutic methods have hazards as well as advantages. Of particular value are the several articles which compare physical characteristics and clinical advantages of light and laser coagulation in certain specific disease states of the eye.

The laser beam is more powerful, directional and monochromatic than an ordinary light beam. It produces a more discrete chorioretinal adhesion, with less absorption of heat by the ocular media, and with less damage to the crucially important nerve fiber layer, in comparison to the xenon-arc light beam. On the other hand, the broader wave spectrum of the xenon-arc beam offers advantages in the treatment of the postoperative residual retinal detachments, retinal vascular anomalies, and early nonpigmented tumors such as retinoblastoma.

The volume is necessarily repetitive

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