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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 2002
  • pp: 802–804

Study of filtered light on potential retinal photic hazards with operation microscopes used for ocular surgery

Robert J. Landry, Sharon A. Miller, and Gordon A. Byrnes  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 4, pp. 802-804 (2002)

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There have been numerous reports of retinal photic injury from operation microscopes used during cataract surgery. The risk of injury has been associated with the intensity of the light directed into the eye, short-wavelength emission, user technique, exposure time, and direct axial lighting. We evaluated use of light transmission filters to modify a tungsten-halogen light source spectrum to reduce the risk of retinal photic injury. A two-light source filter combination was found with a color profile acceptable for intraocular surgery that reduces the risk of retinal photic injury by a factor of approximately 2.5.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2170) General : Equipment and techniques
(120.3890) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Medical optics instrumentation
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(120.5630) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Radiometry
(170.4460) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmic optics and devices
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design

Original Manuscript: May 25, 2001
Revised Manuscript: September 19, 2001
Published: February 1, 2002

Robert J. Landry, Sharon A. Miller, and Gordon A. Byrnes, "Study of filtered light on potential retinal photic hazards with operation microscopes used for ocular surgery," Appl. Opt. 41, 802-804 (2002)

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