A three-dimensional model of corneal thermal response to CO2 laser radiation is constructed and numerical solutions for temperature rise are computed. Power distribution in the laser beam and a conducting air–cornea interface are considered explicitly. It is found that the radial distribution of temperature increases produced by a gaussian beam is also gaussian, for brief exposures. The corneal damage threshold is examined in terms of this result.
© 1970 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 4, 1969
Published: March 1, 1970
M. A. Mainster, T. J. White, and J. H. Tips, "Corneal Thermal Response to the CO2 Laser," Appl. Opt. 9, 665-667 (1970)