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Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging. 2012 Jul 1;43(4):341-7. doi: 10.3928/15428877-20120426-05. Epub 2012 May 5.

Therapeutic window of retinal photocoagulation with green (532-nm) and yellow (577-nm) lasers.

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Topcon Medical Laser Systems Inc., 3130 Coronado Dr., Santa Clara, CA 94054, USA. csramek@topcon.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:

The 577-nm (yellow) laser provides an alternative to the 532-nm (green) laser in retinal photocoagulation, with potential benefits in macular treatment and through ocular opacities. To assess relative risk of thermomechanical rupture of Bruch's membrane with yellow laser in photocoagulation, the therapeutic window, the ratio of threshold powers for mild coagulation and rupture, was measured.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Retinal coagulation and rupture thresholds, visualized ophthalmoscopically, were measured with 577- and 532-nm lasers using 10- to 100-ms pulses in 34 rabbit eyes. Lesions at 1 and 7 days were assessed histologically.

RESULTS:

Coagulation threshold with yellow laser was 26% lower than with green laser. The therapeutic window increased linearly with log-duration for both wavelengths with a difference in parallel-slope intercept of 0.36 ± 0.20, corresponding to 8% to 15% wider therapeutic window for yellow wavelength.

CONCLUSION:

The therapeutic window of retinal photocoagulation in rabbits at 577 nm is slightly wider than at 532 nm, whereas histologically the lesions are similar.

PMID:
22589338
DOI:
10.3928/15428877-20120426-05
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