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June 1984

Neodymium-YAG Laser Surgery on Experimental Vitreous Membranes

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, and the Laser Research Unit, Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(6):843-847. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030663013

• A Q-switched neodymium-YAG laser was used to cut experimental vitreous membranes in rabbit eyes. We were able to cut vitreous membranes up to 4 mm from the retinal surface using single pulse energies of up to 4 mJ without fluorescein angiographic evidence of retinal injury. When cutting membranes between 1.5 and 3 mm from the retinal surface, injury was documented in five of seven cases. The most frequently observed fundus injury was choroidal hemorrhage. The neodymium-YAG laser may be useful in cutting avascular membranes in the posterior segment of the eye.

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