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Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1990 Aug;31(8):1512-8.

Characterization of the fluorescence spectra produced by excimer laser irradiation of the cornea.

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Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, United Kingdom.


The epithelium and stroma of bovine and human corneas were exposed to both ablative and subablative levels of 193-nm excimer laser radiation and the spectra of the induced fluorescence recorded. Two broad peaks in the emission spectra were observed, at 310 nm and 460 nm, with a difference in the relative height of these peaks between epithelium and stroma. The lower cut-off for fluorescence (260 nm) was similar for both tissues. Time-resolved measurements showed that fluorescence occurs on the nanosecond time scale, and an estimate gives the quantum yield for photons emitted in the 260-350-nm range as approximately 1 X 10(-5). The significance of these results in the evaluation of the safety of surgery with an argon fluoride excimer laser is discussed.

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