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Laser-induced retinal damage threshold measurements with wavefront correction

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Brian J. Lund

Northrop Grumman, 4241 Woodcock Drive, Suite B100, San Antonio, Texas 78228

David J. Lund

U.S. Army Medical Research Detachment, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, 7965 Dave Erwin Drive, Brooks City-Base, Texas 78235-5108

Peter R. Esdall

Northrop Grumman, 4241 Woodcock Drive, Suite B100, San Antonio, Texas 78228

J. Biomed. Opt. 13(6), 064011 (November 12, 2008). doi:10.1117/1.3013455
History: Received June 10, 2008; Revised August 27, 2008; Accepted August 28, 2008; Published November 12, 2008
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An adaptive optics (AO) system was incorporated into a laser retinal exposure setup in order to correct for refractive error and higher-order aberrations of the nonhuman primate (NHP) eye during an in vivo retinal ED50 measurement. Using this system, the ED50 for a 100-ms, 532-nm small spot size exposure was measured to be 1.05mJ total intraocular energy (TIE), a reduction of 22% from the value measured without aberration correction. The ED50 for a 3.5-ns, 532-nm exposure was measured to be 0.51μJ TIE, the lowest ED50 reported for a ns-duration exposure. This is a reduction of 37% from the value measured without aberration correction and is a factor of only 2.6 higher than the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) for a 3.5-ns, visible wavelength small spot size exposure. The trend of in vitro measurements using retinal explants suggests that the in vivoED50 for small spot-size exposures could potentially be one order of magnitude smaller than the previously reported in vivoED50. Distortion of the incident laser beam by ocular aberrations cannot fully explain the discrepancy between the in vivo measurements with no aberration correction and the in vitro results.

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Brian J. Lund ; David J. Lund and Peter R. Esdall
"Laser-induced retinal damage threshold measurements with wavefront correction", J. Biomed. Opt. 13(6), 064011 (November 12, 2008). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.3013455


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