Abstract

The CO2 laser, with its principal emission wavelength at 10.6 µm, has been extensively used in laser surgery. Its use in ophthalmic surgery, however, has lagged behind its use in other specialties because ocular tissues are essentially opaque to CO2 laser radiation. On the other hand, for some surgical procedures the short penetration depth of CO2 laser radiation can be advantageous, since significant changes can be effected in ocular tissue with negligible damage to underlying or neighboring structures.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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