Features of Laser-Induced Modification of Sclera and Cornea
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Results are presented from studying collagen degradation in scleral and corneal tissues upon CW IR laser irradiation at a wavelength of 1.56 μm and powers of 1.4 and 7 W. The exposure time is such that the radiometrically determined maximum tissue temperature ranges from 55 to 70°C. It is shown that at a power of 1.4 W, laser-induced collagen denaturation in sclera and cornea starts at 55 and 60°C, respectively. When the power is increased to 7 W, the temperature of denaturation onset rises by 2°C. These findings are discussed from the viewpoint of the joint photothermal and photomechanical effects of laser irradiation.
Keywordscollagen denaturation differential scanning calorimetry laser heating
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