Uses and History

For years Green lasers have been the surgeon's favorite for retinal photocoagulation. We have seen advances in technology throughout our industry, making the lasers smaller, faster, easier to use, and more affordable. The photocoagulator has been a part of Ophthalmology since the 1950s. The xenon arc lamp photocoagulator produced a bright white light that closely mimicked sunlight, and it became commercially available in 1956. This device revolutionized the treatment of various retinal disorders and became an indispensable tool in the armamentarium of retinal specialists worldwide.

The argon laser emits blue-green wavelengths absorbed by the red hemoglobin in the blood and the cells under the retina. These wavelengths can pass through the fluid inside the eye without causing damage. For this reason, the argon laser is used extensively in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy. The argon laser can burn and seal the leaking blood vessels, also known as photocoagulation.

The argon laser can also treat Macular degeneration. In this procedure, the laser destroys abnormal blood vessels so that hemorrhage or scarring will not damage central vision.

Integrated 532nm Green Laser

Category:532 Green Diode/Argon Lasers/Photocoagulators, Red, Yellow and PDT Lasers
Manufacturer:Topcon
Category:532 Green Diode/Argon Lasers/Photocoagulators
Manufacturer:Zeiss/Humphrey
Category:532 Green Diode/Argon Lasers/Photocoagulators
Manufacturer:Ellex

Clip-On 532nm Green Laser

The clip-on style of green lasers has many benefits. First of all, they are smaller and more compact than an integrated laser since they attach to your existing slit lamp. Second, a member of your team, with the proper training and experience, can relocate the laser to a different office if needed. Lastly, since this clip-on style of the laser will be used in conjunction with an existing piece of equipment, the cost is typically less than that of an integrated laser.

While all these features have their benefits, clip-on lasers are not perfect. The fact that it is a moveable device also means that it needs calibration more often than a stationary system. Also, lasers need time to acclimate to changes in temperature or humidity. If traveling from office to office exposes the device to different climates, the laser's performance may vary.

Category:532 Green Diode/Argon Lasers/Photocoagulators, Red, Yellow and PDT Lasers
Manufacturer:Iridex
Category:Red, Yellow and PDT Lasers
Manufacturer:Ellex
Category:532 Green Diode/Argon Lasers/Photocoagulators
Manufacturer:Ellex
Category:532 Green Diode/Argon Lasers/Photocoagulators
Manufacturer:Lumenis
Category:532 Green Diode/Argon Lasers/Photocoagulators
Manufacturer:Iridex

Conclusion

Laser Locators specializes in the preventative maintenance and refurbishment of all types of ophthalmic lasers and diagnostics. Whether you are only looking to service an existing device or want to take your practice to the next level, think of us first.

Contact us today for a complimentary consultation on how you can improve your ophthalmic practice.

joey@laserlocators.com
by Joey Colarulo, Vice President

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Joey has been the Vice President and Managing Partner of Laser Locators since March 2015. Joey previously held the title of Director of Sales since 2011. He has an entrepreneurial background in the digital marketplace and has over 20 years of global Internet sales and marketing experience. Since 1996, Joey has been involved in Dot.com sales and has helped many companies ranging from public to private place their digital footprint on the web.