Laser photodisruptors. Damage mechanisms, instrument design and safety

Ophthalmology. 1983 Aug;90(8):973-91.


Short-pulse neodymium: YAG clinical laser systems permit noninvasive incision of transparent intraocular structures. Selection and safe use of these photodisruptors, however, require a limited understanding of certain basic physical principles. These principles are reviewed and applied in a series of optical experiments designed to study the performance and safety of clinical, short-pulse laser systems. The results of these experiments are presented, in addition to an analysis of current and proposed photodisruptors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Eye / radiation effects
  • Eye Diseases / surgery*
  • Eye Injuries / surgery
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Lasers / adverse effects
  • Lasers / instrumentation*
  • Lasers / standards*