Ocular Hazard from Picosecond Pulses of Nd: YAG Laser Radiation

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Science  26 Jul 1974:
Vol. 185, Issue 4148, pp. 362-363
DOI: 10.1126/science.185.4148.362


Seven rhesus monkeys (14 eyes) were exposed to 1064-nanometer radiation in single pulses of 25 to 35 picoseconds fromn a mode-locked Nd: YA G laser. Threshold injury resulted from single pulses with a mnean energy of 13 ± 3 mnicrojoules. Electron microscopy of the retina revealed that damnage was highly localized in the photoreceptor and pigmented epithelial cells at the oluter retina. Membrane disruption, distorted outer segmtzents, and abnormnal melanin granules resembling fetal premelanosomnies were observed.