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Opt Express. 2006 Jun 26;14(13):6142-56.

Experiments on PMMA models to predict the impact of corneal refractive surgery on corneal shape.


Flat and spherical PMMA surfaces were ablated with a standard refractive surgery laser system. The ratio of profiles on flat to spherical PMMA surfaces was used to estimate experimentally the radial change in ablation efficiency for PMMA and cornea. Changes in ablation efficiency accounted for most of the asphericity increase found clinically, using the same laser system. This protocol is useful to obtain a correction factor for any ablation algorithm and laser system, and to estimate the contribution of biomechanics to the increase of corneal asphericity in myopic refractive surgery.

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