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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Selective photodamage of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a new technique to treat a variety of retinal diseases without causing adverse effects to surrounding tissues such as the neural retina including the photoreceptors and the choroid. In this study, the mechanism of cell damage after laser irradiation was investigated.(More)
Selective retina therapy (SRT) is a new laser procedure for retinal diseases that are thought to be associated with a degradation of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). The aim of the irradiation is to selectively damage the RPE without affecting the neural retina, the photoreceptors and the choroid. Goal of the treatment is to stimulate RPE cell(More)
Central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) is a disease with a localized breakdown of the outer blood–retinal barrier located within the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) causing subretinal fluid accumulation. Selective retina therapy (SRT) is a new, minimally invasive laser technology that has been designed to selectively target the RPE. SRT spares retinal(More)
Ziel: Die Methode der optischen Kohärenztomographie (OCT) wurde bezüglich ihrer Eignung zur Vermessung des vorderen Augenabschnitts, der Kornea und thermischer Gewebeschädigungen untersucht. Beispielhaft wurden hierzu im Rahmen der Laserthermokeratoplastik (LTK) die Veränderungen der Hornhautdicke durch die Bestrahlung sowie die induzierten thermischen(More)
PURPOSE The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells with their strongly absorbant melanosomes form the highest light-absorbing layer of the retina. It is well known that laser-induced retinal damage is caused by thermal denaturation at pulse durations longer than milliseconds and by microbubble formation around the melanosomes at pulses shorter than(More)
PURPOSE New methods in refractive surgery require a considerable understanding of the material "cornea" and are often studied by theoretical modeling in order to gain insight into the procedure and an optimized approach to the technique. The quality of these models is highly dependent on the preciseness of its input parameters. Porcine cornea often is used(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether photocoagulation of the retinal pigment epithelium is possible with sparing of the photoreceptors. METHODS Mild laser effects of a neodymium:yttrium-lithium-fluoride (Nd:YLF) laser (527 nm) were applied to 17 patients. To establish the necessary energy, test exposures were performed to the lower macula (laser variables:(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The therapeutic effect of laser treatment for macular diseases is related to the damage to the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and the subsequent restoration of the defect due to RPE proliferation. In contrast to conventional laser treatment, it is possible to damage the RPE selectively and to spare the photoreceptors by using(More)
Selective tissue damage on the cellular level can be achieved by microbubble formation around laser-heated intracellular pigments. To acquire a more detailed understanding of the laser tissue interaction in the highly pigmented retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), we irradiate aqueous suspensions of absorbing microparticles by short pulsed laser irradiation(More)
AIM Selective retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) laser treatment is a new technique which selectively damages the RPE while sparing the neural retina. One difficulty is the inability to visualise the laser lesions. The aim of the study was to investigate whether fundus autofluorescence (AF) is changed because of the RPE damage, and thus might be used for(More)