Utility of large spot binocular indirect laser delivery for peripheral photocoagulation therapy in children

Saranya C. Balasubramaniam, Brian G. Mohney, Genie M. Bang, Thomas P. Link, Jose S. Pulido

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the utility of the large spot size (LSS) setting using a binocular laser indirect delivery system for peripheral ablation in children. One patient with bilateral retinopathy of prematurity received photocoagulation with standard spot size burns placed adjacently to LSS burns. Using a pixel analysis program called Image J on the Retcam picture, the areas of each retinal spot size were determined in units of pixels, giving a standard spot range of 805 to 1294 pixels and LSS range of 1699 to 2311 pixels. Additionally, fluence was calculated using theoretical retinal areas produced by each spot size: the standard spot setting was 462 mJ/mm2 and the LSS setting was 104 mJ/mm2. For eyes with retinopathy of prematurity, our study shows that LSS laser indirect delivery halves the number of spots required for treatment and reduces fluence by almost one-quarter, producing more uniform spots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1213-1217
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of ophthalmology
Volume130
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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