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December 1990

Laser Sclerostomy by Pulsed-Dye Laser and Goniolens

Author Affiliations

From the Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (Drs Latina and Birngruber); Eye Research Institute, Boston (Dr Latina); Glaucoma Service, McGee Eye Institute, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City (Dr March); and Glaucoma Consultation Service, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston (Dr Dobrogowski).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(12):1745-1750. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070140099038

• We describe an ab-interno laser sclerostomy procedure using the method termed dye-enhanced ablation with a slit-lamp delivery system and special goniolens such that only the laser light beam penetrates the anterior chamber. The procedure uses a microsecond-pulsed-dye laser emitting at 666 nm and iontophoresis of methylene blue dye (absorption of 668 nm) into the sclera at the limbus to enhance the absorption of the laser light. We compared the number of pulses needed to perforate excised human sclera at pulse durations of 1.5, 20, and 300 microseconds. Pulse durations of 1.5 and 20 microseconds required 20 pulses or fewer to perforate excised human sclera with pulse energies of 75 to 100 mJ. The ab-interno laser sclerostomy procedure was performed in 54 eyes of Dutch-belted rabbits with pulse durations of 1.5 or 20 microseconds and a 100- or 200-μm incident spot diameter delivered using a CGF goniolens. Full-thickness fistulas were successfully created at both pulse durations in approximately 80% of eyes treated. A range of three to 25 pulses was required to perforate sclera with slightly fewer pulses and lower pulse energies at 1.5 microseconds compared with 20 microseconds. There were no significant complications from the procedure. This technique could permit filtration surgery to be performed on an outpatient basis.

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