Lasers in ophthalmology

Lasers Surg Med. 1995;17(2):102-59. doi: 10.1002/lsm.1900170203.


This article reviews the principle uses of ophthalmic lasers, providing historical background with an emphasis on new applications and areas of investigation. Ophthalmic photocoagulation was the first medical laser application and has restored or maintained vision in millions of people. More recently, photodisruption and, increasingly, ablation have gained prominence for treating a wide range of ocular pathology. The unique properties of lasers have also been harnessed for diagnostic purposes, with optical coherence tomography representing a significant improvement over existing imaging methods. Many ophthalmic applications of lasers have been developed, but the field is a dynamic one which continues to evolve along with laser technology itself.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design
  • Eye Diseases / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / instrumentation*
  • Light Coagulation / instrumentation*
  • Treatment Outcome