Published on April 2024 | femtosecond laser trabeculotomy

Evaluating the effect of pulse energy on femtosecond laser trabeculotomy (FLT) outflow channels for glaucoma treatment in human cadaver eyes
Authors: Shangbang Luo PhD, Eric R. Mikula PhD, Reza Khazaeinezhad PhD, Samantha M. Bradford PhD, Fengyi Zhang MSc, James V. Jester PhD, Tibor Juhasz PhD
View Author: Dr. Shangbang Luo
Journal Name: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
Volume: 56 Issue: 4 Page No: 382-391
Indexing: SCI/SCIE,Web of Science,Google Scholar,MEDLINE,PubMed

Background and Objectives Femtosecond laser trabeculotomy (FLT) creates aqueous humor outflow channels through the trabecular meshwork (TM) and is an emerging noninvasive treatment for open-angle glaucoma. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of pulse energy on outflow channel creation during FLT. Materials and Methods An FLT laser (ViaLase Inc.) was used to create outflow channels through the TM (500 μm wide by 200 μm high) in human cadaver eyes using pulse energies of 10, 15, and 20 μJ. Following treatment, tissues were fixed in 4% paraformaldehyde. The channels were imaged using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and assessed as full thickness, partial thickness, or not observable. Results Pulse energies of 15 and 20 μJ had a 100% success rate in creating full-thickness FLT channels as imaged by OCT. A pulse energy of 10 μJ resulted in no channels (n = 6), a partial-thickness channel (n = 2), and a full-thickness FLT channel (n = 2). There was a statistically significant difference in cutting widths between the 10 and 15 μJ groups (p 

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