Retinal laser photocoagulation.

Lock, J.H.; Fong, K.C.S. (2010) Retinal laser photocoagulation. The Medical journal of Malaysia, 65 (1). 88-94; quiz 95. ISSN 0300-5283

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Abstract

Since its discovery in the 1940s, retinal photocoagulation has evolved immensely. Although the first photocoagulators utilised incandescent light, it was the invention of laser that instigated the widespread use of photocoagulation for treatment of retinal diseases. Laser permits choice of electromagnetic wavelength in addition to temporal delivery methods such as continuous and micropulse modes. These variables are crucial for accurate targeting of retinal tissue and prevention of detrimental side effects such as central blind spots. Laser photocoagulation is the mainstay of treatment for proliferative diabetic retinopathy amongst many other retinal conditions. Considering the escalating prevalence of diabetes mellitus, it is important for physicians to grasp the basic principles and be aware of new developments in retinal laser therapy.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Medical journal of Malaysia
Additional Information: University of Malaya Eye Research Centre (UMERC), Department of Ophthalmology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Laser Coagulation/instrumentation
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2011 09:43
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2011 09:43
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1835

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