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PURPOSE To evaluate the healing characteristics of cat corneas treated with a new scanning mid-infrared laser system. METHODS Six adult cats were treated with 6-mm diameter photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) corrections. One eye in each animal was untreated as a control and the other was treated with either a -3.00 or -6.00 diopter ablation. The laser was(More)
PURPOSE A new mechanism for ablating corneal tissue is proposed, based on photospallation with short pulse mid-infrared (IR) laser radiation. METHODS By using a judicious combination of high absorption, short pulses, and low fluences, ablation with this process can potentially remove tissue in a highly localized manner with submicron collateral thermal(More)
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