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  1. Preliminary results of VISX excimer laser myopic photorefractive keratectomy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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    Maguen, Ezra I.; Berlin, Michael S.; Hofbauer, John; Macy, Jonathan I.; Nesburn, Anthony B.; Papaioannou, Thanassis; Salz, James J.

    1992-08-01

    Sixty-two eyes underwent excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for the correction of myopia at Cedars-Sinai-Medical-Center. The first group of 12 patients are presented with follow up data of ten months postoperatively. The second group of 50 patients are presented with follow up data of three months postoperatively. An in-depth comparison of pre and postoperative refractive data is presented. Comparisons between pre and postoperative corrected and uncorrected Snellen visual acuities are provided in order to asses the functional visual result of the procedure.

  2. Laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) versus photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for correction of myopia

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    Li, Shi-Ming; Zhan, Siyan; Li, Si-Yuan; Peng, Xiao-Xia; Hu, Jing; Law, Hua Andrew; Wang, Ning-Li

    2016-01-01

    Background Myopia (near-sightedness or short-sightedness) is a condition in which the refractive power of the eye is greater than required. The most frequent complaint of people with myopia is blurred distance vision, which can be eliminated by conventional optical aids such as spectacles or contact lenses, or by refractive surgery procedures such as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK). PRK uses laser to remove the corneal stroma. Similar to PRK, LASEK first creates an epithelial flap and then replaces it after ablating the corneal stroma. The relative benefits and harms of LASEK and PRK, as shown in different trials, warrant a systematic review. Objectives The objective of this review is to compare LASEK versus PRK for correction of myopia by evaluating their efficacy and safety in terms of postoperative uncorrected visual acuity, residual refractive error, and associated complications. Search methods We searched CENTRAL (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision group Trials Register) (2015 Issue 12), Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid MEDLINE In-Process and Other Non-Indexed Citations, Ovid MEDLINE Daily, Ovid OLDMEDLINE (January 1946 to December 2015), EMBASE (January 1980 to December 2015), Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences (LILACS) (January 1982 to December 2015), the ISRCTN registry (www.isrctn.com/editAdvancedSearch), ClinicalTrials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov) and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (www.who.int/ictrp/search/en). We did not use any date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. We last searched the electronic databases on 15 December 2015. We used the Science Citation Index and searched the reference lists of the included trials to identify relevant trials for this review. Selection criteria We included in this review randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing LASEK versus PRK for correction of myopia. Trial participants

  3. Holmium laser thermokeratoplasty for the reversal of hyperopia after myopic photorefractive keratectomy

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    Goggin, M.; Lavery, F.

    1997-01-01

    BACKGROUND—Overcorrection following myopic photorefractive keratectomy, with a target of emmetropia, leaving a spherical equivalent of more than 1.0 D of hyperopia is of the order of 1%. This study analyses the efficacy, safety, and 1 year stability of outcome of laser thermokeratoplasty (LTK) carried out on eyes with persistent symptomatic hyperopia following photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for myopia.
METHOD—11 consecutive eyes in 11 patients underwent LTK using the Technomed Holmium 25, contact holmium:YAG laser system. The mean spherical equivalent before LTK was +2.06 D (SD 1.02 D, range +1.00 D to +4.75 D) based on a non-cycloplegic refraction. Between four and 16 burns were used per eye, depending on the error to be corrected.
RESULTS—The mean spherical equivalent was +0.511 D (SD 0.551) at 1 year. Ten of the 11 eyes were seeing 6/12 or greater, unaided (91%) and nine were within 1.0 D of the target sphere equivalent (82%). Recovery of unaided acuity occurred during the first week in four cases and the first month in the rest. One eye lost greater than one line of best corrected vision (9%), going from 6/5 to 6/7.5 and one gained a line (9%), 6/12 to 6/7.5. No complications occurred during the follow up period.
CONCLUSIONS—In this study of a small number of eyes with hyperopia induced by PRK, LTK appears safe, predictable, and stable for low errors followed for 1 year.

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  4. Corneal temperature changes during photorefractive keratectomy using the Laserscan 2000 flying spot laser.

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    Vetrugno, M; Maino, A; Valenzano, E; Cardia, L

    2001-01-01

    To evaluate the thermal variations during photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) induced by a Laserscan 2000 flying spot excimer laser. Thermal changes during PRK were recorded using a non-contact infrared thermometer on 58 eyes with an attempted correction ranging from -1.25 to -9.00 D. The eyes were randomly divided into two groups to test the thermal effects of two different ablation scan techniques: sequential and randomized modes. Thermal measurements were also performed during myopic ablations on polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) test plates. On PMMA plates, a significant relationship between the amount of attempted myopic correction and thermal changes was established (P=.017 in sequential mode and P=.007 in randomized mode); this was not established for human eyes. With the sequential mode, an unexpected cooling effect after PRK was reported for each myopia subgroup (P=.003 in the low and high myopia subgroups, P<.001 in the medium myopia subgroup). With the randomized mode, the cooling effect was detected only for low amounts of myopia. Despite a high repetition rate, the Laserscan 2000 flying spot laser minimized thermal shock. In comparison with randomized (nonsequential) pulse application, sequential pulsing showed no increase in the thermal loading of corneas. In fact, a cooling effect during PRK was produced.

  5. Night firing range performance following photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis.

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    Bower, Kraig S; Burka, Jenna M; Subramanian, Prem S; Stutzman, Richard D; Mines, Michael J; Rabin, Jeff C

    2006-06-01

    To investigate the effect of laser refractive surgery on night weapons firing. Firing range performance was measured at baseline and postoperatively following photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis. Subjects fired the M-16A2 rifle with night vision goggles (NVG) at starlight, and with iron sight (simulated dusk). Scores, before and after surgery, were compared for both conditions. No subject was able to acquire the target using iron sight without correction before surgery. After surgery, the scores without correction (95.9 +/- 4.7) matched the preoperative scores with correction (94.3 +/- 4.0; p = 0.324). Uncorrected NVG scores after surgery (96.4 +/- 3.1) exceeded the corrected scores before surgery (91.4 +/- 10.2), but this trend was not statistically significant (p = 0.063). Night weapon firing with both the iron sight and the NVG sight improved after surgery. This study supports the operational benefits of refractive surgery in the military.

  6. Acanthamoeba keratitis after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Kaldawy, Roger M; Sutphin, John E; Wagoner, Michael D

    2002-02-01

    A 37-year-old women developed severe suppurative keratitis immediately after having photorefractive keratectomy in her left eye. The keratitis was unresponsive to intensive topical antibiotic agents and topical and systemic steroids. Although the differential diagnosis included nonmicrobial and fungal keratitis, the clinical course and confocal microscopy suggested, and subsequent histopathologic examination confirmed, a diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis. The amebic contamination probably resulted from exposure of the deepithelialized cornea to contaminated freshwater in a northern Wisconsin marsh. This case emphasizes the importance of encouraging patients with epithelial defects and bandage soft contact lenses to avoid exposure to contaminated freshwater until reepithelialization is complete.

  7. Topical cyclosporine A for postoperative photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis.

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    Hessert, David; Tanzer, David; Brunstetter, Tyson; Kaupp, Sandor; Murdoch, Donna; Mirzaoff, Myah

    2013-04-01

    To compare the stability and predictability of the refractive outcomes in eyes treated with photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) or laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with and without postoperative use of topical cyclosporine A emulsion. Naval Medical Center San Diego Refractive Surgery Center, San Diego, California, USA. Randomized clinical trial. Patients had PRK or LASIK and were randomized, pairwise, to a standard postoperative treatment regimen with or without the addition of topical cyclosporine A 0.05% emulsion twice daily for 3 months postoperatively. Visual acuity, mesopic contrast acuity, refractions, and ocular symptoms were assessed through the 3-month examination. Tear-film samples (cytokines and chemokines) were analyzed preoperatively and 1 week and 1 and 3 months postoperatively. The PRK group comprised 70 patients and the LASIK group, 54 patients. The addition of topical cyclosporine A twice a day after PRK or LASIK did not confer special benefits in terms of achievement of target refraction, final uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), or rate of visual recovery (all P>.05, multivariate analysis of variance [MANOVA]). There was no significant difference in tear-film composition based on measurement of matrix metalloproteinase-9, interleukin (IL)-6, or IL-8 recovery (all P>.05, MANOVA). The addition of topical cyclosporine A twice daily for 3 months after PRK or LASIK did not provide a significant benefit in the rate of visual recovery, final UDVA, or patient symptoms, nor did it significantly change measured inflammatory mediators (cytokines) present in the tear film. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  8. Refractive and visual results and patient satisfaction after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy for myopia.

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    Halliday, B L

    1995-01-01

    A study of excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy was performed on 108 patients. Variation in individual refractive outcome was noted, particularly for the higher levels of correction. At 12 months, of those with up to 3 dioptres of myopia, 93% were within 1 dioptre of emmetropia, 100% achieved an acuity of 6/12 unaided, 69% were very pleased with their result, and 10% were very disappointed. Of those with between 3.1 and 6 dioptres of myopia, the respective figures were 75%, 73%, 65%, and 11%. For those with over 6 dioptres of myopia the respective figures were 46%, 58%, 38%, and 23%. Some patients were disappointed despite having achieved good unaided visual acuity. Forty seven per cent of patients lost at least one Snellen line of best corrected acuity. Glare was a problem for some of the time in over 60%. Perceived distortion of vision was a problem for all of the time in 11% to 31% of cases depending on the initial level of myopia. In some cases the refraction continued to change between 12 months and 20 months. PMID:7488574

  9. Results of excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy for the correction of myopia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: 1993

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    Maguen, Ezra I.; Salz, James J.; Nesburn, Anthony B.; Warren, Cathy; Macy, Jonathan I.; Papaioannou, Thanassis; Hofbauer, John; Berlin, Michael S.

    1994-06-01

    This report summarizes the authors' 3-year experience with excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) on 240 eyes of 161 patients. With constant laser emission parameters, nitrogen (N2) flow across the cornea was used on 79 eyes while 161 eyes had no N2 flow. 74 eyes were operated on without fixation with a suction ring. Postoperative pain management included patching and oral analgesics in 77 eyes and the use of topical Diclofenac or Ketorolac, and a therapeutic soft contact lens in 163 eyes. Follow up ranged from 1 month (206 eyes) to 36 months (10 eyes).

  10. Photorefractive Keratectomy for Residual Myopia after Myopic Laser In Situ Keratomileusis

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    Fouda, Sameh M.

    2017-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate the safety, efficacy, and predictability of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) on the corneal flap for correction of residual myopia following myopic laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Patients and Methods. A retrospective study on eyes retreated by PRK on the corneal flap for residual myopia after LASIK. All eyes had no enough stroma after LASIK sufficient for LASIK enhancement. Data included spherical equivalent (SE), uncorrected and best corrected visual acuity (UCVA and BCVA), central pachymetry, corneal higher order aberrations (HOAs), corneal hysteresis (CH), corneal resistance factor (CRF), and corneal haze. Results. The study included 64 eyes. Before PRK, the mean central pachymetry was 400.21 ± 7.8 μm, the mean SE was −1.74 ± 0.51 D, and the mean UCVA and BCVA were 0.35 ± 0.18 and 0.91 ± 0.07, respectively. 12 months postoperatively, the mean central corneal thickness was 382.41 ± 2.61 μm, the mean SE was −0.18 ± 0.32 D (P < 0.01), and the mean UCVA and BCVA were 0.78 ± 0.14 (P = 0.01) and 0.92 ± 0.13 (P > 0.5), respectively. The safety index was 1.01 and the efficacy index was 0.86. No significant change was observed in corneal HOAs. Conclusions. Residual myopia less than 3 D after LASIK could be safely and effectively treated by PRK and mitomycin C with a high predictability. This prevents postoperative ectasia and avoids the flap related complications but has no significant effect on HOAs. PMID:28168049

  11. Chronic dry eye in photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis: Manifestations, incidence, and predictive factors.

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    Bower, Kraig S; Sia, Rose K; Ryan, Denise S; Mines, Michael J; Dartt, Darlene A

    2015-12-01

    To evaluate dry-eye manifestations after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and determine the incidence and predictive factors of chronic dry eye using a set of dry-eye criteria. Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. Prospective, non-randomized clinical study. Dry-eye evaluation was performed before and after surgery. Main outcome measures included dry-eye manifestations, incidence, and predictive factors of chronic dry eye. This study comprised 143 active-duty U.S. Army personnel, ages 29.9 ± 5.2 years, with myopia or myopic astigmatism (manifest spherical equivalent -3.83 ± 1.96 diopters) having PRK or LASIK. Schirmer scores, corneal sensitivity, ocular surface staining, surface regularity index, and responses to dry-eye questionnaire significantly changed over time after PRK. After LASIK, significant changes were observed in tear breakup time, corneal sensitivity, ocular surface staining, and responses to questionnaire. Twelve months postoperatively, 5.0% of PRK and 0.8% of LASIK participants developed chronic dry eye. Regression analysis showed that pre-operatively lower Schirmer score will significantly influence development of chronic dry eye after PRK, whereas preoperatively, lower Schirmer score or higher ocular surface staining score will significantly influence the occurrence of chronic dry eye after LASIK. Chronic dry eye was uncommon after PRK and LASIK. Ocular surface and tear-film characteristics during pre-operative examination might help to predict chronic dry-eye development in PRK and LASIK. The authors have no financial interest in any product, drug, instrument, or equipment discussed in this manuscript. Copyright © 2015 ASCRS and ESCRS. All rights reserved.

  12. Effect of beam variables on corneal sensitivity after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy

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    Lawrenson, J.; Corbett, M.; O'Brart, D.; Marshall, J.

    1997-01-01

    AIM—To investigate changes in corneal touch sensitivity following excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) using different beam configurations.
METHODS—20 subjects were given a unilateral −3.00 D correction with either a 5 mm (26 µm, n=10) or 6 mm (42 µm, n=10) beam diameter. Thirty subjects underwent a unilateral −6.00 D correction with 5 mm (62 µm, n=10), 6 mm (78 µm, n=10), or multizone (62 µm, n=10) treatments. The multizone treatment was 6 mm in diameter with the depth of the 5 mm treatment. Corneal sensitivity was measured using a slit-lamp mounted Cochet-Bonnet aesthesiometer before and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after PRK. Stimulus locations included points lying within the ablated zone (central) and outside (peripheral). These were compared with the equivalent locations in control (untreated) eyes.
RESULTS—There was a significant reduction in corneal sensitivity within the central (ablated) zone in all treatment groups after PRK. In most groups a return to full sensitivity was achieved by 6 months with the exception of the multizone treatment group which showed significant corneal hypoaesthesia at 12 months. Peripheral corneal sensitivity was also reduced in this group up to 3 months after the procedure. A comparison between the −3.00 D and −6.00 D treatment groups showed no significant difference. However, combining data from all treatment groups, a significant correlation was found between the interocular difference in central corneal sensitivity and postoperative haze at 3 and 6 months.
CONCLUSIONS—For corrections up to −6.00 D ablation depth and treatment zone diameter do not appear to be clinically important determinants of corneal hypoaesthesia. In contrast, postoperative corneal haze appears to correlate with sensitivity loss.

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  13. Orthoptic Changes following Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Rajavi, Zhale; Nassiri, Nader; Azizzadeh, Monir; Ramezani, Alireza; yaseri, Mehdi

    2011-01-01

    Purpose To report orthoptic changes after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Methods This interventional case series included 297 eyes of 150 patients scheduled for PRK. Complete ophthalmologic evaluations focusing on orthoptic examinations were performed before and 3 months after PRK. Results Before PRK, 2 (1.3%) patients had esotropia which remained unchanged; 3 (2%) patients had far exotropia which improved after the procedure. Of 12 cases (8%) with initial exotropia at near, 3 (2%) cases became orthophoric, however 6 patients (4%) developed new near exotropia. A significant reduction in convergence and divergence amplitudes (P < 0.001) and a significant increase in near point of convergence (NPC) (P < 0.006) were noticed after PRK. A reduction ≥ 10 PD in convergence amplitude and ≥ 5 PD in divergence amplitude occurred in 10 and 5 patients, respectively. Four patients had initial NPC > 10 cm which remained unchanged after surgery. Out of 9 (6%) patients with baseline stereopsis > 60 seconds of arc, 2 (1.33%) showed an improvement in stereopsis following PRK. No patient developed diplopia postoperatively. Conclusion Preexisting strabismus may improve or remain unchanged after PRK, and new deviations can develop following the procedure. A decrease in fusional amplitudes, an increase in NPC, and an improvement in stereopsis may also occur after PRK. Preoperative evaluation of orthoptic status for detection of baseline abnormalities and identification of susceptible patients seem advisable. PMID:22454717

  14. PHOTOREFRACTIVE KERATECTOMY FOR ANISOMETROPIC AMBLYOPIA IN CHILDREN

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    Paysse, Evelyn A

    2004-01-01

    ABSTRACT Purpose To assess the safety and efficacy of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in children with anisometropic amblyopia and to define the characteristics of children who may be candidates for PRK. Methods This thesis comprises four parts: (1) a retrospective analysis of risk factors predictive of amblyopia treatment failure in 104 children, (2) a prospective study of pachymetry in 198 eyes of 108 children, (3) development and implementation of a protocol to perform PRK under general anesthesia, and (4) a prospective interventional case-comparison study of PRK in 11 noncompliant children with anisometropic amblyopia to evaluate safety and long-term outcomes. Compliant and noncompliant children with anisometropic amblyopia were analyzed as controls. Results Factors associated with conventional anisometropic amblyopia treatment failure were poor compliance (P = .004), age 6 years or older (P = .01), astigmatism ≥1.5 diopters (P = .0002), and initial visual acuity of 20/200 or worse (P = .02). Central and paracentral pachymetry measurements were similar to published adult values. The general anesthesia protocol was efficient, and the laser functioned properly in all cases. All children did well with no anesthesia-related or treatment-related complications. Two years following PRK, the mean reduction in refractive error was 9.7 ± 2.6 diopters for myopes (P = .0001) and 3.4 ± 1.3 diopters for hyperopes (P = .001). The cycloplegic refractive error in 9 of 11 treated eyes was within 3 diopters of that in the fellow eye. Uncorrected visual acuity in the amblyopic eye improved by ≥2 lines in seven of nine children; best-corrected visual acuity improved by ≥2 lines in six of nine children. Stereopsis improved in five of nine children. The mean visual acuity of the PRK patients at last follow-up was significantly better than that of noncompliant controls (P = .003). The safety and efficacy indices for PRK in this study were 1.24 and 1.12, respectively

  15. Corneal epithelial wound healing after excimer laser photorefractive and photoastigmatic keratectomy (PRK and PARK).

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    Detorakis, E T; Siganos, D S; Kozobolis, V P; Pallikaris, I G

    1999-01-01

    This study compared the duration of corneal reepithelialization between photorefractive (PRK) and photoastigmatic (PARK) keratectomy and evaluated the possible correlation of the epithelial healing rate with clinical parameters as well as the refractive outcome. The duration until complete reepithelialization was examined in 33 eyes of 33 patients (14 men), not suffering from any known disease, who underwent PRK or PARK surgery. In all cases, a +0.5 diopters (D) therapeutic contact lens (Acuvue Vistakon) was used postoperatively. Clinical parameters such as age, sex, preoperative spherical equivalent, attempted correction, corneal curvature, and surgical plan were recorded in the patient file. All patients received standard medication and were followed up for 12 months postoperatively. Results were statistically analyzed by using the package SPSS 6.0. The duration of reepithelialization was significantly correlated to age and was longer in PARK than in PRK cases and in eyes with an average K reading >43.5D. A shorter reepithelialization period correlated to myopic regression, 1 month postoperatively, but the correlation was annulled thereafter. The longer reepithelialization period in older patients and in PARK surgery could be attributed to the age-related decrease in the healing response and to differences in the profile of the ablation area, respectively. Epithelial healing was shorter in eyes with steeper K readings, perhaps because of better contact lens mobility. Understanding the role of factors involved in epithelial healing could allow better postoperative surveillance and treatment.

  16. Comparison of postoperative pain following laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy and transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy: a prospective, random paired bilateral eye study.

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    Wang, Dongmei; Chen, Guangsheng; Tang, Liusong; Li, Qiaoling

    2014-09-01

    To compare postoperative pain following laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) and transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (T-PRK, two-step surgery) and alleviate postoperative subjective pain. Thirty patients (60 eyes) with myopia or myopic astigmatism were consecutively recruited into this prospective, randomized paired study. Patients underwent LASEK in one eye, and T-PRK in the other. The degree of pain was rated on a scale of 0-10 on postoperative days 1, 2 and 3. Uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) and subepithelial corneal haze were assessed at postoperative 1 and 3 months. The pain was relieved on the 4th postoperative day in all patients, healing of corneal epithelium was observed at 4-5 days after surgery and contact lenses were removed promptly. At postoperative 1 day, the mean subjective pain score in the LASEK group was 3.2 ± 1.88 and 4.43 ± 1.61 in T-PRK group (P = 0.008). No significant difference was found between two groups on postoperative 2 and 3 days. At postoperative 3 months, the percentage of UCVA ≥ 0.8 in the LASEK group was 100% and 96.7% in the T-PRK group (P = 0.24), 93.3% of patients in the LASEK with UCVA ≥ 1.0 and 90% in the T-PRK group (P = 0.64). In the LASEK group, the value of corneal haze was 0.26 ± 0.21 and 0.27 ± 0.25 in the T-PRK group (P = 0.877). Good visual acuity was obtained in both groups at postoperative 3 months. Compared with those in the T-PRK group, patients undergoing had less discomfort in the LASEK group, which may be associated with corneal epithelial activity. The changing curve of subjective pain in the T-PRK group was relatively flat and stable at postoperative 3 days.

  17. The epithelial flap for photorefractive keratectomy

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    Shah, S; Sarhan, A; Doyle, S; Pillai, C; Dua, H

    2001-01-01

    BACKGROUND/AIMS—Epithelial debridement for photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is associated with pain, slower visual recovery, and may be aetiological in haze production. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical results of a new technique involving raising and replacing of an epithelial flap in photorefractive keratectomy.
METHODS—A prospective, non-randomised, comparative, paired eye trial was performed in 72 eyes of 36 patients who underwent PRK with a Nidek EC-5000 excimer laser. For epithelial debridement before PRK, the eyes were divided into two groups. The first eye of each patient was treated with 20% ethanol debridement and the second eye with an epithelial flap which was replaced after treatment. PRK was carried out with the same laser and nomogram in both groups by the same surgeon. Visual and refractive outcome of PRK treatment was compared in both groups.
RESULTS—The mean (SD) preoperative mean spherical equivalent (MSE) was -3.61 (1.38) dioptres (D) (range -1.00 D to -7.88 D) with no significant difference between the two groups. After a mean follow up period of 62.6 weeks (range 52-70) the final MSE was +0.07 (0.61) D (range -5.50 D to +4.50 D) in the debridement group and -0.24 (0.43) D in the epithelial flap group. There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups in postoperative MSE. The best corrected visual acuity was better in the epithelial flap group at all visits; this difference was statistically significant (p<0.05). The corneal haze was less in the epithelial flap group and this difference was also statistically significant (p<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS—Managing the corneal epithelium as a hinged flap with 20% ethanol is a safe technique with faster visual rehabilitation and reduced haze compared with debridement of the epithelium with alcohol. Further studies need to be performed to compare pain levels postoperatively with the epithelial flap and epithelial debridement. 

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  18. Fluorometholone-induced cataract after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Bilgihan, K; Gürelik, G; Akata, F; Hasanreisoglu, B

    1997-01-01

    The use of topical corticosteroids following photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is widespread. The major complications of potent corticosteroids are glaucoma and cataract formation; in order to decrease these complications, 0.1% fluorometholone administration is usually preferred after PRK. We report here a case of lens opacification which was induced by 0.1% fluorometholone administration after PRK in a period of 4 months. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of 0.1% fluorometholone-induced cataract after PRK.

  19. Corneal modeling for analysis of photorefractive keratectomy

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    Della Vecchia, Michael A.; Lamkin-Kennard, Kathleen

    1997-05-01

    Procedurally, excimer photorefractive keratectomy is based on the refractive correction of composite spherical and cylindrical ophthalmic errors of the entire eye. These refractive errors are inputted for correction at the corneal plane and for the properly controlled duration and location of laser energy. Topography is usually taken to correspondingly monitor spherical and cylindrical corneorefractive errors. While a corneal topographer provides surface morphologic information, the keratorefractive photoablation is based on the patient's spherical and cylindrical spectacle correction. Topography is at present not directly part of the procedural deterministic parameters. Examination of how corneal curvature at each of the keratometric reference loci affect the shape of the resultant corneal photoablated surface may enhance the accuracy of the desired correction. The objective of this study was to develop a methodology to utilize corneal topography for construction of models depicting pre- and post-operative keratomorphology for analysis of photorefractive keratectomy. Multiple types of models were developed then recreated in optical design software for examination of focal lengths and other optical characteristics. The corneal models were developed using data extracted from the TMS I corneal modeling system (Computed Anatomy, New York, NY). The TMS I does not allow for manipulation of data or differentiation of pre- and post-operative surfaces within its platform, thus models needed to be created for analysis. The data were imported into Matlab where 3D models, surface meshes, and contour plots were created. The data used to generate the models were pre- and post-operative curvatures, heights from the corneal apes, and x-y positions at 6400 locations on the corneal surface. Outlying non-contributory points were eliminated through statistical operations. Pre- and post- operative models were analyzed to obtain the resultant changes in the corneal surfaces during PRK

  20. Fourier analysis of induced irregular astigmatism. Photorefractive keratectomy versus laser in situ keratomileusis in a bilateral cohort of hyperopic patients.

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    Sciscio, Andrea; Hull, Christopher C; Stephenson, Chris G; Baldwin, Heather; O'Brart, David; Marshall, John

    2003-09-01

    To analyze corneal topographic data by Fourier analysis to determine differences in irregular astigmatism following spherical hyperopic correction by photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) or laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Department of Ophthalmology, St. Thomas' Hospital, London, United Kingdom. Thirty-six eyes of 18 patients with moderate hyperopia had LASIK in 1 eye and PRK in the other eye. The flap was cut on a nasal hinge with a Moria LSK One microkeratome. The laser was a Summit SVS Apex Plus with an optical zone of 6.5 mm and a blending zone of 1.5 mm. Corneal topographic data were acquired with a TMS-1 topographer (Computed Anatomy Inc.) preoperatively and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. The ASCII files containing the dioptric power values were extracted and analyzed with custom-written software to extract the Fourier harmonics. The irregular astigmatism increased in both groups postoperatively, peaking at 3 months and then decreasing over the next 9 months. There was no statistically significant difference between the 2 groups at any time point (P<.05). The change in the topographically derived equivalent sphere showed undercorrection in both groups at all time points. Regular astigmatism showed a marginal statistically significant increase in the LASIK group at 12 months (P =.049). Irregular astigmatism, equivalent sphere, and regular astigmatism were not significantly different in the PRK and LASIK groups during the follow-up. Based on the corneal topography, the 2 procedures induced an equal amount of irregular astigmatism.

  1. A comparison of corneal cellular responses after 213-nm compared with 193-nm laser photorefractive keratectomy in rabbits.

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    Sanders, Talia; Pujara, Tarak; Camelo, Serge; Lai, Ching Tat; Van Saarloos, Paul; Beazley, Lyn; Rodger, Jennifer

    2009-05-01

    Corneal refractive surgery is typically performed using a 193-nm excimer laser. However, a recently developed 213-nm solid-state (5th harmonic) Nd:YAG laser presents some practical and user safety advantages, although the biological impact of using this wavelength remains poorly characterized. Here, we provide in vivo and in vitro comparisons of the corneal cellular outcomes after irradiation with 213 and 193 nm wavelengths. New Zealand White rabbits underwent photorefractive keratectomy with -5 diopters and a 6.5-mm optical zone and studied at time points up to 1 year. The development of haze was examined ophthalmologically and by detecting myofibroblasts immunohistochemically. Cell death was quantified using a terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay, and the number of stromal keratocytes undergoing apoptosis estimated histologically. Superoxide dismutase activity was estimated in vitro by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in irradiated rabbit corneal keratocytes. Our results demonstrate subtle differences in the cellular outcomes after irradiation with 213- and 193-nm lasers, despite similar degrees of corneal haze developing in both treatment groups. In vivo, the 213-nm laser results in more stable stromal cell numbers, implying a more predictable ablation outcome. In vitro, higher levels of superoxide dismutase in corneal keratocytes irradiated with 213 nm compared with 193 nm wavelengths suggest a better endogenous protection against free radicals induced by laser surgery. The more favorable cellular responses after irradiation with 213 nm compared with 193 nm wavelengths are consistent with good clinical outcomes previously reported. Ablation with a 213 nm wavelength may result in better wound healing, leading to a more reliable correction of refractive errors.

  2. Transepithelial Photorefractive Keratectomy for Low to Moderate Myopia in Comparison with Conventional Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Naderi, Mostafa; Jadidi, Khosrow; Mosavi, Seyed Aliasghar; Daneshi, Seyed Aref

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To compare the effectiveness, safety and stability of the results of transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (tPRK) with conventional photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for low to moderate myopia. Methods: In this prospective non-randomized case-control study, patients with low to moderate myopia were assigned to the tPRK group (cases) or the PRK group (controls). In the tPRK group, eyes were treated using the Amaris excimer laser (SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions GmbH and Co. KG, Germany). Outcome measures included postoperative pain using McGill Pain Questionnaire, epithelial healing time, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), manifest refraction, and safety and efficacy indexes which were compared between the study groups. Results: Three hundred forty eyes of 170 patients were enrolled in this study. Each study group comprised of 170 eyes of 85 patients. There was a significant difference between the two groups regarding the postoperative pain scores in favor of the tPRK group (P = 0.04). The tPRK group had a shorter epithelial healing time than the conventional PRK group postoperatively (P = 0.01). Mean UCVA was significantly better in the case group than in the control group at the postoperative month 2 (P = 0.01). Regarding the safety and efficacy indexes, the tPRK group had better results than the conventional PRK group (P < 0.01 for both comparisons). Conclusion: Transepithelial PRK seems to be superior to conventional PRK for treatment of low to moderate myopia in terms of postoperative pain, epithelial healing time, visual recovery and safety and efficacy indexes. PMID:27994803

  3. Comparison of laser in situ ketatomileusis and photorefractive keratectomy for myopia using a mixed-effects model

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    Mori, Yosai; Miyata, Kazunori; Ono, Takashi; Yagi, Yusuke; Kamiya, Kazutaka; Amano, Shiro

    2017-01-01

    Purpose To compare the results of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for myopia using a mixed-effects model. Methods This comparative retrospective study was conducted in 1,127 eyes of 579 patients after LASIK and 270 eyes of 144 patients after PRK who had two or more postoperative follow-ups after 3 months. Uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA), manifest refractive spherical equivalent (MRSE), percentage of eyes within ± 0.5 diopters (D) and ± 1.0 D of targeted refraction, and central corneal thickness were compared between PRK and LASIK groups using a mixed-effects model. Results Compared with the LASIK group, UCVA in the PRK group was significantly worse in the initial year but was significantly better after 4 years. The average BSCVA was not significantly different between the LASIK and PRK groups after 4 years. The average gain of BSCVA in the PRK group was significantly larger than that of the LASIK group after 2 years. MRSE in the LASIK and PRK groups showed a gradual myopic shift until 6 years after surgery. After 6 years, MRSE in the PRK group remained stable whereas MRSE in the LASIK group continued a myopic shift. The percentages of eyes within ± 0.5 D or ± 1.0 D in the LASIK group were significantly higher than those in the PRK group at 3 months but were significantly lower than those in the PRK group at 10 years. Conclusions PRK for myopia shows better efficacy than LASIK for myopia after 4 years. PMID:28362808

  4. Corneal Regeneration After Photorefractive Keratectomy: A Review☆

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    Tomás-Juan, Javier; Murueta-Goyena Larrañaga, Ane; Hanneken, Ludger

    2014-01-01

    Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) remodels corneal stroma to compensate refractive errors. The removal of epithelium and the ablation of stroma provoke the disruption of corneal nerves and a release of several peptides from tears, epithelium, stroma and nerves. A myriad of cytokines, growth factors, and matrix metalloproteases participate in the process of corneal wound healing. Their balance will determine if reepithelization and stromal remodeling are appropriate. The final aim is to achieve corneal transparency for restoring corneal function, and a proper visual quality. Therefore, wound-healing response is critical for a successful refractive surgery. Our goal is to provide an overview into how corneal wounding develops following PRK. We will also review the influence of intraoperative application of mitomycin C, bandage contact lenses, anti-inflammatory and other drugs in preventing corneal haze and post-PRK pain. PMID:25444646

  5. Corneal Regeneration After Photorefractive Keratectomy: A Review.

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    Tomás-Juan, Javier; Murueta-Goyena Larrañaga, Ane; Hanneken, Ludger

    2015-01-01

    Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) remodels corneal stroma to compensate refractive errors. The removal of epithelium and the ablation of stroma provoke the disruption of corneal nerves and a release of several peptides from tears, epithelium, stroma and nerves. A myriad of cytokines, growth factors, and matrix metalloproteases participate in the process of corneal wound healing. Their balance will determine if reepithelization and stromal remodeling are appropriate. The final aim is to achieve corneal transparency for restoring corneal function, and a proper visual quality. Therefore, wound-healing response is critical for a successful refractive surgery. Our goal is to provide an overview into how corneal wounding develops following PRK. We will also review the influence of intraoperative application of mitomycin C, bandage contact lenses, anti-inflammatory and other drugs in preventing corneal haze and post-PRK pain.

  6. Contact lens fitting after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Astin, C. L.; Gartry, D. S.; McG Steele, A. D.

    1996-01-01

    AIMS/BACKGROUND: This study evaluated contact lens fitting and the longer term response of the photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) cornea to lens wear. In PRK for myopia problems such as regression, anterior stromal haze, irregular astigmatism, halo aberration, and anisometropia have been reported. Certain patients therefore require contact lens correction to obtain best corrected visual acuity (BCVA). METHOD: From an original cohort of 80 patients, 15 were dissatisfied with their visual outcome 6 months after PRK. Ten of these were fitted with lenses and monitored regularly. RESULTS: The best fit rigid gas permeable lens of diameter 9.20-10.00 mm was generally 0.10 mm steeper than mean keratometry readings. Because of lid discomfort five patients were refitted with daily wear soft lenses. All 10 achieved satisfactory lens wear of 10 hours per day. Central corneal steepening of 0.75 D (0.15 mm) occurred in one patient. Two patients had slight central corneal flattening. Three patients discontinued lens wear as they found lens care a nuisance. Four finally opted for retreatment by PRK. CONCLUSIONS: In most cases, contact lenses gave good visual acuity and, in cases of mild irregular astigmatism, a significant improvement over spectacle BCVA. No significant adverse reaction to contact lens wear was found. Although ocular tolerance of lenses was satisfactory, several patients discontinued lens wear or sought improved unaided vision. Images PMID:8795370

  7. Corneal Aberrations Before and After Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Rosa, Nicola; De Bernardo, Maddalena; Lanza, Michele; Borrelli, Maria; Fusco, Fabrizia; Flagiello, Antimo

    2010-01-01

    Purpose To determine whether - and which - higher-order corneal aberrations, up to the sixth order, are induced by photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Methods 197 eyes of 197 patients have been examined with a corneal aberrometer for a 3.5 and a 6.0 mm pupil simulation, both before and 1, 3, 6 months after myopic PRK treatment ranging from −15.25 D to -0.5 D (mean −5.31±2.95 D). The statistical evaluation was performed using a paired Student's T-test. Results After PRK there is a clear-cut increase in almost all the higher-order corneal aberrations for both a 3.5 and a 6.0 mm pupil simulation. These aberrations tend to normalize after 3 and 6 months mainly for a 3.5 mm simulation, whereas such normalization is not present for a 6.0 mm simulation. Conclusions PRK induces significant aberrations both for 3.5 and 6 mm pupils, 1 month after PRK, but a trend towards normalization is evident at the 6 month follow-up for the smaller pupil size.

  8. Preliminary results of tracked photorefractive keratectomy (T-PRK) for mild to moderate myopia with the autonomous technologies excimer laser at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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    Maguen, Ezra I.; Salz, James J.; Nesburn, Anthony B.

    1997-05-01

    Preliminary results of the correction of myopia up to -7.00 D by tracked photorefractive keratectomy (T-PRK) with a scanning and tracking excimer laser by Autonomous Technologies are discussed. 41 eyes participated (20 males). 28 eyes were evaluated one month postop. At epithelization day mean uncorrected vision was 20/45.3. At one month postop, 92.8 of eyes were 20/40 and 46.4% were 20/20. No eye was worse than 20/50. 75% of eyes were within +/- 0.5 D of emmetropia and 82% were within +/- 1.00 D of emmetropia. Eyes corrected for monovision were included. One eye lost 3 lines of best corrected vision, and had more than 1.00 D induced astigmatism due to a central corneal ulcer. Additional complications included symptomatic recurrent corneal erosions which were controlled with topical hypertonic saline. T-PRK appears to allow effective correction of low to moderate myopia. Further study will establish safety and efficacy of the procedure.

  9. Use of loteprednol for routine prophylaxis after photorefractive keratectomy

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    Mifflin, Mark D; Leishman, Lisa L; Christiansen, Steven M; Sikder, Shameema; Hsu, Maylon; Moshirfar, Majid

    2012-01-01

    Background The purpose of this work is to report our experience using loteprednol 0.5% for routine prophylaxis after photorefractive keratectomy in an academic refractive surgery center. Materials and methods Photorefractive keratectomy was performed on 579 eyes from 316 patients in this retrospective chart review of patients treated postoperatively with either fluorometholone 0.1% (273 eyes) or loteprednol 0.5% (306 eyes). Primary outcome measures at 6 months included uncorrected distance visual acuity, corrected distance visual acuity, and manifest refraction spherical equivalent. Secondary outcome measures were incidence of corneal haze and increased intraocular pressure. Results There were no statistically significant differences in preoperative characteristics between the two groups when comparing age, sex, best-corrected visual acuity, spherical equivalent, or keratometry. Both groups achieved excellent visual outcomes, with a mean uncorrected distance visual acuity (logMAR) of 0.004 ± 1.4 in the fluorometholone group and −0.028 ± 1.1 in the loteprednol group (P = 0.013) at 6 months. Postoperative corneal haze and increased intraocular pressure were uncommon and not statistically different between the groups. Conclusion Loteprednol 0.5% performed similarly to fluorometholone 0.1% when used for prophylaxis following photorefractive keratectomy. The incidence of haze and increased intraocular pressure were similar between the two groups. PMID:22570546

  10. Effect of contact lens wear on photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Gimbel, H V; Sun, R

    1993-10-01

    This study compares refractive effect and epithelial healing after photorefractive keratectomy among patients who wore contact lenses before surgery versus those who wore glasses before surgery. Data were reviewed on 130 photorefractive keratectomy cases at the 1-week, 2-week, and 4- to 6-month postoperative visits. The patients were divided into three groups based on whether or not they wore contact lenses before surgery: 1) rigid gas permeable lens wearers; 2) soft lens wearers; 3) no contact lens wear. There were no significant differences in epithelial healing among the groups. Some regression of refractive effect was observed both in mean spherical equivalent and in mean keratometry in all the groups from 2 weeks to 6 months postoperatively. There was no significant difference in the regression of each group. In addition, the changes of spherical equivalent and keratometry before surgery and 4 to 6 months after surgery were compared among the groups with no significant differences. Based upon these results, we conclude that contact lens wearing does not seem to influence epithelial healing after photorefractive keratectomy surgery and also does not affect the refractive effect in the early postoperative period.

  11. Wound healing anomalies after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy: correlation of clinical outcomes, corneal topography, and confocal microscopy.

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    Steinert, R F

    1997-01-01

    PURPOSE: To further the understanding of wound healing anomalies affecting visual function after myopic photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). METHOD: Analysis of a clinical database of PRK on 133 eyes with myopia of -1.5 to -7.0 D and 43 eyes with myopia of -6.0 to -12.0 D. Visual function was analyzed by subgroups of 1) no topographic anomalies; 2) topographic central islands; and 3) topographic keyhole patterns. The natural course of healing was documented over 6 months with visual acuity measurements, clinical observation, and corneal topography. In vivo clinical-pathologic correlations were made by scanning confocal microscopy. RESULTS: Topographic anomalies were identified 1 month post-PRK in 48 eyes (40.3%) with low-moderate myopia and in 14 eyes (32.5%) with moderate-high myopia. For patients with 6 month follow-up, these rates declined to 25% and 23%, respectively. At 1 month post-PRK, topographic anomalies significantly reduced uncorrected and best-corrected visual acuity and refractive predictability. By 6 months post-PRK, the small number of eyes with persistent anomalies had visual outcomes similar to patients with normal topography. A simple approach to anti-island pre-treatment reduced islands slightly and keyhole anomalies significantly (anti-island pre-treatment vs no pretreatment: islands 25% vs 31.8%; keyholes 2.3% vs 17.6%; p = 0.021) but with decreased predictability of induced refractive change at 1 month post-PRK. Confocal microscopy in vivo demonstrated prominent deposition of subepithelial extracellular material 1 to 2 months after PRK that diminished by 6 to 8 months, but persisted in the presence of central islands. Scar formation appeared to represent an elevated plaque of new collagen with active keratocytes. CONCLUSIONS: Topographic anomalies of wound healing are common after PRK. Vision and predictability are reduced by anomalies 1 month post-PRK but anomalies often resolve by 6 months. Marked improvement of vision occurs even when

  12. Successful Surgical Correction of Astigmatism using Customized Ablation Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    TAHERI, Hakimeh; RAMIN, Shahrokh

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the change in the degree of astigmatism in patients treated with customized ablation photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). This is a cross-sectional study that involved 92 otherwise healthy subjects with regular and irregular astigmatism ≥ 1.25 D (mean age: 39.09 ± 7.72 years; range: 20–59 years). All study subjects were treated with customized ablation PRK using a Technolas 217p Excimer Laser System. Before and 6 months after the surgery, a refraction assessment was conducted for each subject, and the effectiveness of the surgery for correcting astigmatism was evaluated. There was a significant change in astigmatism based on the results of an automated refraction exam of -1.67 ± 1.03 D (P < 0.001), from -2.51 ± 1.45 D preoperatively to -0.87 ± 0.94 D postoperatively. There was also a significant change in subjective refraction of -2.00 ± 1.25 D (P < 0.001), from -2.46 ± 1.52 D preoperatively to -0.46 ± 0.97 D postoperatively. Therefore, our results show that customized ablation PRK is effective for correcting astigmatism ≥ 1.25 D (P < 0.001). PMID:28293648

  13. Permanent grounding of a USAF pilot following photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Davis, Ryan E; Ivan, Douglas J; Rubin, Richard M; Gooch, John M; Tredici, Thomas J; Reilly, Charles D

    2010-11-01

    Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) has been extensively studied in the literature and its potential application in aircrew has not gone unnoticed. Complication rates following corneal refractive surgery (CRS), including PRK and laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK), remain low, with most patients achieving improved uncorrected visual acuity and reduced spectacle dependence. Overall, predictability, low complication rates, high rate of success, stability, and safety have all been cited as instrumental in the adoption of PRK in aviators. Consequently, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) approved PRK for aviators in August 2000. However, quality of vision outcomes following CRS remain a concern given the unique visual performance requirements in military aircrew, especially in austere operational environments. This paper will present a recent case of steroid-induced ocular hypertension that is believed to have precipitated non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NA-AION) associated with reduced visual performance following PRK that resulted in the first permanent grounding of a USAF pilot following CRS. CRS has radically widened the aircrew applicant pool and has decreased spectacle dependence in war-fighters. Despite the low-risk profile of modern CRS, this case demonstrates the potential for poor outcomes from such elective surgery. Understanding these rare, but potentially devastating complications and the unique aeromedical risk factors in aircrew is paramount when considering elective vision-enhancing surgery.

  14. Risk Assessment for Corneal Ectasia following Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Kaiserman, Igor; Domniz, Yuval; Sela, Tzahi; Munzer, Gur

    2017-01-01

    Purpose To analyze the risk factors associated with a series of ectasia cases following photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and all published cases. Methods In a retrospective study on post-PRK ectasia patients, 9 eyes of 7 patients were included, in addition to 20 eyes of 13 patients from the literature. Risk of post-PRK ectasia was calculated using the ectasia risk score system (ERSS) for laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) patients. The percent tissue altered (PTA) was also evaluated. Results ERSS scoring of zero for age, RSB, and spherical equivalent was found in 66%, 86%, and 86% of the eyes, respectively. Pachymetry risk score was 2 in 60% of the eyes and 3 or 4 in 16% of the eyes. Topography risk score was 3 in 41% of the eyes and 4 in 21% of the eyes. Cumulative ectasia risk score was ≥4 (high risk) in 77% of the eyes and ≥3 (medium and high risk) in 86% of the eyes. Average PTA was 23.2 ± 7.0%. All eyes but one had a PTA < 40%. Conclusions Preoperative corneal topographic abnormalities and thin corneas may be significant risk factors for developing ectasia following PRK. Post-LASIK ectasia risk scoring also has relevance in the risk for developing post-PRK ectasia. PMID:28815089

  15. Accuracy of the Barrett True-K formula for intraocular lens power prediction after laser in situ keratomileusis or photorefractive keratectomy for myopia.

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    Abulafia, Adi; Hill, Warren E; Koch, Douglas D; Wang, Li; Barrett, Graham D

    2016-03-01

    To compare the accuracy of the Barrett True-K formula with other methods available on the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) post-refractive surgery intraocular lens (IOL) power calculator for the prediction of IOL power after previous myopic laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, and private practice, Mesa, Arizona, USA. Retrospective case series. The accuracy of the Barrett True-K formula was compared with the Adjusted Atlas (4.0 mm zone), Masket, modified-Masket, Wang-Koch-Maloney, Shammas, and Haigis-L methods to calculate IOL power. A separate analysis of 2 no-history methods (Shammas and Haigis-L) was performed and compared with the Barrett True-K no-history option. Eighty-eight eyes were available for analysis. The Barrett True-K formula had a significantly smaller median absolute refraction prediction error than all other formulas except the Masket, smaller variances compared with the Wang-Koch-Maloney, Shammas, and Haigis-L, and a greater percentage of eyes within ±0.50 diopter (D) of predicted error in refraction compared with the Adjusted Atlas, Masket, and modified Masket methods (all P < .05). In eyes with no historical data, the Barrett True-K no-history formula had a significantly smaller median absolute refraction prediction error and a greater percentage of eyes within ±0.50 D of the predicted error in refraction than the Shammas and the Haigis-L formulas (both P < .05). The Barrett True-K formula was either equal to or better than alternative methods available on the ASCRS online calculator for predicting IOL power in eyes with previous myopic LASIK or PRK. Copyright © 2016 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Photorefractive keratectomy for myopia and myopic astigmatism correction using the WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q excimer laser system.

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    Costa, Esmeralda; Franqueira, Nuno; Rosa, Andreia M; Tavares, Cristina; Quadrado, Maria J; Lobo, Conceição; Murta, Joaquim N

    2014-06-01

    To analyze photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) outcomes in myopia and myopic astigmatism correction using the WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q(®) excimer laser system (WaveLight Laser Technologie AG, Erlangen, Germany). 222 eyes of 151 patients underwent PRK (mean age 33.5 ± 6.8 years). Pre-operative best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) ranged from 0.4 to -0.1 logMAR (mean -0.03 ± 0.06). Mean spherical equivalent (SE) was -3.29 ± 1.20 D. Efficacy, predictability and safety were evaluated. Minimum follow-up was 3 months. Accountability at 3 and 6 months was 100 and 54 %, respectively (median follow-up 5 months, mean 5.2 ± 2.6 months). At 3 months, mean uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) was -0.02 ± 0.07 logMAR, BSCVA -0.03 ± 0.05 logMAR, efficacy index 0.98 and safety index 1.02. UCVA was ≥20/16 in 40.1 %, ≥20/20 in 86.5 % and ≥20/25 in 98.2 %. Mean SE was -0.02 ± 0.20 D. Residual refractive error was ± 0.13 D in 81.5 %, ± 0.25 D in 88.7 % and ± 0.50 D in 97.7 %. At 6 months, outcomes were similar: mean UCVA was -0.02 ± 0.07 logMAR, BSCVA -0.03 ± 0.06 logMAR, efficacy index 1.00 and safety index 1.03. UCVA was ≥20/16 in 43.7 %, ≥20/20 in 86.6 % and ≥20/25 in 96.6 %. Mean SE was -0.02 ± 0.17 D. Residual refractive error was ± 0.13 D in 86.6 %, ± 0.25 D in 93.3 % and ± 0.50 D in 98.3 %. Refractive stability was achieved at 3 months. No patient lost more than one line of BSCVA. There were no retreatments. The WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q is effective, predictable and safe in low-to-moderate myopia and myopic astigmatism PRK correction.

  17. Evaluation of prior photorefractive keratectomy in donor tissue.

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    Terry, M A; Ousley, P J; Rich, L F; Wilson, D J

    1999-05-01

    To describe a case in which an eye donor had prior bilateral photorefractive keratectomies and to elucidate possible methods of evaluation and screening of donor tissue. Case report. A 62-year-old eye donor was reported to have received radial keratotomy before his death. Further investigation by the eye bank showed a history of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), not radial keratotomy. The corneas were therefore not used for transplantation, and the eyes were evaluated by slit-lamp examination, photography, corneal topography, and histology. Slit-lamp and photographic examination did not indicate the presence of PRK ablations. Corneal topography mapping with the TMS-1 was relatively ambiguous for identifying PRK flattening, while multiple data formatting of the cornea with the Orbscan resulted in the strongest suggestion of prior PRK. Histologic analysis showed central corneal thinning and loss of Bowman's membrane consistent with PRK. In the absence of a positive donor history for PRK, current methods of screening donor tissue for prior PRK often are insufficient to exclude these corneas from use in transplantation. More refined placido imagery corneal topography or newer technologies such as the Orbscan may allow more sensitive and specific methods of donor tissue screening.

  18. A retrospective analysis of the postoperative use of loteprednol etabonate gel 0.5% following laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis or photorefractive keratectomy surgery

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    Salinger, Clifford L; Gordon, Michael; Jackson, Mitchell A; Perl, Theodore; Donnenfeld, Eric

    2015-01-01

    Background While loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic gel 0.5% (LE gel) is approved for treatment of postoperative ocular inflammation and pain, there have been no reported studies in patients undergoing laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Methods This was a retrospective chart review conducted at five refractive surgical centers in the USA. Data were collected from primary LASIK or PRK surgery cases in which LE gel was used postoperatively as the clinician’s routine standard of care and in which patients were followed-up for up to 6 months. Data extracted from charts included patient demographics, surgical details, LE gel dosing regimen, pre- and postsurgical refractive characteristics, intraocular pressure (IOP) measurements, and visual acuity. Primary outcomes included postoperative IOP elevations, adverse events, and early discontinuations. Results Data were collected on 189 LASIK eyes (96 patients) and 209 PRK eyes (108 patients). Mean (standard deviation [SD]) years of age at surgery was 36.0 (11.7) and 33.9 (11.3) in LASIK and PRK patients. LE gel was prescribed most often four times daily during the first postoperative week, regardless of procedure; the most common treatment duration was 7–14 days in LASIK and ≥30 days in PRK patients. No unusual corneal findings or healing abnormalities were reported. Mean postoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity was 20/24 in LASIK and 20/30 in PRK eyes. Mild/trace corneal haze was reported in 20% of PRK patients; two PRK patients with moderate/severe corneal haze were switched to another corticosteroid. Mean postoperative IOP did not increase over time in either LASIK or PRK eyes (P≥0.331); clinically significant elevations from baseline in IOP (≥10 mmHg) were noted in only three eyes of two PRK patients. Conclusion LE gel appears to have a high level of safety and tolerability when used for the management of postoperative pain and inflammation following LASIK

  19. Photorefractive keratectomy for pediatric anisometropia: safety and impact on refractive error, visual acuity, and stereopsis.

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    Paysse, Evelyn A; Hamill, M Bowes; Hussein, Mohamed A W; Koch, Douglas D

    2004-07-01

    To establish the safety and possible efficacy of excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for treatment of pediatric anisometropia. Interventional case series This is a prospective, noncomparative interventional case series at an individual university practice of photorefractive keratectomy in 11 children aged 2 and 11 years with anisometropic amblyopia who were unable or unwilling to use contact lens, glasses, and occlusion therapy to treat the amblyopia. The eye with the higher refractive error was treated with PRK using a standard adult nomogram. The refractive treatment goal was to decrease the anisometropia to 3 diopters or less. Main outcome measures were cycloplegic refraction, refractive correction, degree of corneal haze, uncorrected and best spectacle-corrected visual acuity, and stereopsis over 12 months. All patients tolerated the procedure well. The mean refractive target reduction was -10.10 +/- 1.39 diopters for myopia and +4.75 +/- 0.50 diopters for hyperopia. The mean achieved refractive error reduction at 12 months for myopia was -10.56 +/- 3.00 diopters and for hyperopia was +4.08 +/- 0.8 diopters. Corneal haze at 12 months was minimal. Uncorrected visual acuity improved by 2 or more lines in 6 (75%) of the eight children able to perform psychophysical acuity tests. Best spectacle-corrected visual acuity improved by 2 lines in 3 (38%) of patients. Stereopsis improved in 3 (33%) of nine patients. Pediatric PRK can be safely performed for anisometropia. The refractive error response in children appears to be similar to that of adults with comparable refractive errors. Visual acuity and stereopsis improved despite several children being outside the standard age of visual plasticity. Photorefractive keratectomy may play a role in the management of anisometropia in selected pediatric patients.

  20. Haze after photorefractive keratectomy caused by iatrogenic lagophthalmos.

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    Leccisotti, Antonio; Moore, Johnny

    2006-08-01

    A 22-year-old man had shortening of the levator muscle for a congenital blepharoptosis in the right eye in 2000. In September 2004, he was successfully treated by bilateral photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for myopia and was asymptomatic with an uncorrected visual acuity of 20/20. In October 2005, right eye visual acuity decreased because of an inferiorly localized haze caused by nocturnal lagophthalmos. Fluorometholone eyedrops and lubrication induced full visual recovery after 2 months, but corresponding topographical abnormalities were only partially improved. Corneal exposure can induce haze after PRK, even in the long term. The efficacy of topical steroids indicates a role for inflammatory mediators in this condition. Eyelid position and dynamics must be evaluated before PRK to rule out lagophthalmos.

  1. Photorefractive keratectomy in the management of refractive accommodative esotropia in young adult patients.

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    Pacella, Elena; Abdolrahimzadeh, Solmaz; Mollo, Roberto; Mazzeo, Luigi; Pacella, Fernanda; Mazzeo, Francesco; Gabrieli, Corrado Balacco

    2009-11-01

    To evaluate the visual, motor, and sensory outcomes of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in the treatment of purely refractive accommodative esotropia in young adult patients. Policlinico Umberto I, Department of Ophthalmology, Rome, Italy. This prospective study comprised patients with hyperopia and purely accommodative hyperopic esotropia. A complete ophthalmologic examination was performed preoperatively and 1, 3, and 12 months postoperatively. The examination included uncorrected (UDVA) and corrected (CDVA) distance visual acuities and orthoptic and sensory tests. All patients also had keratometry, pachymetry, and corneal topography assessment before and after treatment. Treatment was performed using a Technolas 217 excimer laser. Thirty eyes of 15 patients (mean age 30.8 years) were treated. Preoperatively, the CDVA was 20/30 or better in all eyes and the mean cycloplegic spherical equivalent (SE) was +3.50 diopters (D). One year postoperatively, the UDVA was 20/30 or better in all eyes and the mean SE was -0.01 D. The mean esotropic deviation for distance vision without correction preoperatively was 8.7 prism diopters. At 1 year of follow-up, 12 patients achieved orthophoria and 3 patients had a reduction in the angle of deviation. There were no intraoperative or postoperative complications. Stereopsis was unaffected by treatment in all patients. Photorefractive keratectomy was effective in the treatment of purely accommodative esotropia in young adult patients at a follow-up of 1 year. There were no cases of visual acuity loss or complications from the laser treatment.

  2. Photorefractive Keratectomy with Adjunctive Mitomycin C for Residual Error after Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis Using the Pulzar 213 nm Solid-State Laser: Early Results.

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    Ng-Darjuan, Maya Fe; Evangelista, Raymond P; Agahan, Archimedes Lee D

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate the accuracy, efficacy, stability, and safety of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) enhancement using the Pulzar 213 nm solid-state laser (SSL) with adjunctive Mitomycin C in eyes previously treated with laser assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with residual error of refraction. Methods. This is a prospective noncomparative case series of 16 eyes of 12 patients who underwent PRK for residual refractive error after primary LASIK. Mitomycin C 0.02% was used after the PRK to prevent haze formation. Outcomes measured were pre- and postoperative manifest refraction spherical equivalent (MRSE), uncorrected (UDVA) and best-corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), and slit lamp evidence of corneal complications. Results. The mean UDVA improved from 20/70 preoperatively to 20/30 postoperatively. The average gain in lines for the UDVA was 2.38. After six months of followup, the postoperative MRSE within 0.50 D in 56% (9) of eyes and 94% (15) eyes were within 1.0 diopters of the intended correction. No eyes developed haze all throughout the study. Conclusion. PRK enhancement with adjunctive use of Mitomycin C for the correction of residual error of refraction after LASIK using the Pulzar 213 nm solid-state laser is an accurate, effective, and safe procedure.

  3. Photorefractive Keratectomy with Adjunctive Mitomycin C for Residual Error after Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis Using the Pulzar 213 nm Solid-State Laser: Early Results

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    Ng-Darjuan, Maya Fe; Evangelista, Raymond P.; Agahan, Archimedes Lee D.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate the accuracy, efficacy, stability, and safety of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) enhancement using the Pulzar 213 nm solid-state laser (SSL) with adjunctive Mitomycin C in eyes previously treated with laser assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with residual error of refraction. Methods. This is a prospective noncomparative case series of 16 eyes of 12 patients who underwent PRK for residual refractive error after primary LASIK. Mitomycin C 0.02% was used after the PRK to prevent haze formation. Outcomes measured were pre- and postoperative manifest refraction spherical equivalent (MRSE), uncorrected (UDVA) and best-corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), and slit lamp evidence of corneal complications. Results. The mean UDVA improved from 20/70 preoperatively to 20/30 postoperatively. The average gain in lines for the UDVA was 2.38. After six months of followup, the postoperative MRSE within 0.50 D in 56% (9) of eyes and 94% (15) eyes were within 1.0 diopters of the intended correction. No eyes developed haze all throughout the study. Conclusion. PRK enhancement with adjunctive use of Mitomycin C for the correction of residual error of refraction after LASIK using the Pulzar 213 nm solid-state laser is an accurate, effective, and safe procedure. PMID:24555132

  4. Successful implementation of a protocol for photorefractive keratectomy in children requiring anesthesia.

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    Paysse, Evelyn A; Hussein, Mohamed A W; Koch, Douglas D; Wang, Li; Brady McCreery, Kathryn M; Glass, Nancy L; Hamill, M Bowes

    2003-09-01

    To describe a protocol for treating children with photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) under general anesthesia and to review intraoperative and postoperative complications. Institutional academic practice. Nine patients between 3 years and 9 years of age were treated with PRK under general anesthesia for anisometropia with unilateral high myopia or high hyperopia and amblyopia of the affected eye. Induction of anesthesia and the surgical procedure were carried out in separate rooms. The laser beam was centered on the entrance pupil, and eye position was monitored throughout the procedure. Specific precautions were taken before and during the procedure to prevent unwanted effects of inhalational anesthetic agents on laser performance. All children did well, with no anesthesia-related or treatment-related complications. Our protocol for PRK under general anesthesia was effective and efficient in children who were unable to cooperate for the procedure using local anesthesia. It can be adapted for laser in situ keratomileusis and other refractive surgical procedures in children and uncooperative adults.

  5. Comparison of Loteprednol with Fluorometholone after Myopic Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Karimian, Farid; Faramarzi, Amir; Fekri, Sahba; Mohammad-Rabie, Hossein; Najdi, Danial; Doozandeh, Azadeh; Delfaza-Baher, Siamak; Yaseri, Mehdi

    2017-01-01

    Purpose: To compare the efficacy and side effects of loteprednol versus fluorometholone after myopic photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Methods: One hundred and twenty four eyes of 62 patients who underwent PRK were enrolled in this study. One eye of each subject was randomized to receive loteprednol 0.5% and the fellow eye was given fluorometholone 0.1%. Patients were followed up for three months. Results: There was no significant difference in uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), manifest refraction, corneal haze, intraocular pressure (IOP), and ocular discomfort and redness between groups at the final visit. At 3 months postoperatively, 20/25 or better UDVA was achieved in 95% of the loteprednol group and 92% of the fluorometholone group (P > 0.05). There was neither visually significant corneal haze nor ocular hypertension (IOP rise > 10 mmHg or IOP > 21 mmHg) in any group. Conclusion: The efficacy and side effects of loteprednol 0.5% and fluorometholone 0.1% after myopic PRK are comparable. PMID:28299001

  6. Diagnosis of steroid-induced glaucoma after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Yamaguchi, Takefumi; Murat, Dogru; Kimura, Itaru; Negishi, Kazuno; Yuki, Kenya; Tsubota, Kazuo; Ohtake, Yuichiro

    2008-04-01

    To report steroid-induced glaucoma after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). A 50-year-old Japanese woman was referred for endstage glaucoma 9 months after PRK. Topical fluorometholone 0.1% was administered for corneal subepithelial haze in both eyes for 9 months after PRK. Pneumatic non-contact tonometry values of intraocular pressure (IOP) remained normal (range: 11 to 17 mmHg), until she was diagnosed with end-stage steroid-induced glaucoma with extensive restriction in visual fields. At the patient's initial examination in our hospital, IOP measured by Goldmann applanation tonometry was 34 mmHg in the right eye and 32 mmHg in the left eye, but the estimated IOP as corrected by central corneal thickness measurement was >40 mmHg in both eyes. The patient underwent uneventful bilateral trabeculectomies, resulting in reduction of IOP to <10 mmHg in both eyes. The underestimation of IOP after PRK led to advanced visual field loss. Careful evaluation of IOP, optic disc, and visual field tests are indispensable to avoid such a devastating outcome after PRK.

  7. Comparison of Loteprednol with Fluorometholone after Myopic Photorefractive Keratectomy.

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    Karimian, Farid; Faramarzi, Amir; Fekri, Sahba; Mohammad-Rabie, Hossein; Najdi, Danial; Doozandeh, Azadeh; Delfaza-Baher, Siamak; Yaseri, Mehdi

    2017-01-01

    To compare the efficacy and side effects of loteprednol versus fluorometholone after myopic photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). One hundred and twenty four eyes of 62 patients who underwent PRK were enrolled in this study. One eye of each subject was randomized to receive loteprednol 0.5% and the fellow eye was given fluorometholone 0.1%. Patients were followed up for three months. There was no significant difference in uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), manifest refraction, corneal haze, intraocular pressure (IOP), and ocular discomfort and redness between groups at the final visit. At 3 months postoperatively, 20/25 or better UDVA was achieved in 95% of the loteprednol group and 92% of the fluorometholone group (P > 0.05). There was neither visually significant corneal haze nor ocular hypertension (IOP rise > 10 mmHg or IOP > 21 mmHg) in any group. The efficacy and side effects of loteprednol 0.5% and fluorometholone 0.1% after myopic PRK are comparable.

  8. Multiphoton Imaging of Rabbit Cornea Treated with Mitomycin C after Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Hsueh, Chiu-Mei; Lo, Wen; Wang, Tsung-Jen; Hu, Fung-Rong; Dong, Chen-Yuan

    2007-07-01

    In this work we use multiphoton microscopy to observe the post surgery structure variation of rabbit cornea after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). In addition, we added mitomycin C (MMC) to the post surgery rabbit cornea in order to investigate the effect of MMC treatment on the postoperative regeneration.

  9. Prospective Evaluation of Mesopic Night Vision and Night Vision Goggle Visual Acuity After Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

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    2005-03-01

    DTIC) should direct requests for copies to: Defense Technical Information Center, 8725 John J. Kingman Rd., STE 0944, Ft. Belvior, VA 22060-6218. Non...770-6. 9. Verdon W, Bullimore M, Maloney RK. Visual Performance after Photorefractive Keratectomy. A Prospective Study. Arch Ophthalmol. December

  10. Effect of Mitomycin C on Myopic versus Astigmatic Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Fawzy, Samah M.

    2017-01-01

    Purpose. Long-term mitomycin C (MMC) effects on photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) were compared in simple myopic and astigmatic patients. Methods. In this observational cohort study, subjects were selected based on preoperative and postoperative data collected from medical records; they were divided into simple myopia with/without MMC and myopic astigmatism with/without MMC groups. Haze, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), subjective refraction, and K-reading were evaluated at 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups. Results. One hundred fifty-nine eyes of 80 subjects (34 women and 46 men; mean age, 26.81 ± 7.74 years; range, 18–53 years; spherical powers, −0.50 to −8.00 DS; and cylindrical powers, −0.25 to −5.00 DC) were enrolled. One year postoperatively, the simple myopia with/without MMC groups showed no difference in UCVA (P = 0.187), BCVA (P = 0.163), or spherical equivalent (P = 0.163) and a significant difference (P = 0.0495) in K-reading; the haze formation difference was nonsignificant (P = 0.056). Astigmatic groups with/without MMC showed a significant difference in K-reading (P < 0.0001). MMC groups had less haze formation (P < 0.0001). Conclusion. PRK with intraoperative MMC application showed excellent visual outcomes. MMC's effect on astigmatic patients was significantly better with acceptable safety and minimal side effects. PMID:28392938

  11. Improved Evaluation of Postoperative Pain After Photorefractive Keratectomy.

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    Garcia, Renato; Horovitz, Roberto Novaes Campello; Torricelli, Andre Augusto Miranda; Mukai, Adriana; Bechara, Samir Jacob

    2016-02-01

    Postoperative pain remains an important limiting factor to the selection of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). There is a consensus in neurology pain research that pain should be evaluated as a multidimensional concept, which differs from current practice in ophthalmology. The purpose of this paper was to validate the use of multidimensional questionnaires, such as the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) and the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ), to provide an improved analysis of pain after PRK and to better describe its temporal profile. This prospective study included 43 eyes of 43 myopic patients who underwent unilateral PRK. After surgery, usual pain treatment was administered. All of the participants responded to the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), the BPI and the MPQ 1, 24, 48, 72, and 96 hours after surgery. The internal consistency was evaluated, different postoperative periods were compared, and convergent validity was assessed using correlation testing. The Cronbach alpha test showed high internal consistency for each of the questionnaire subscales. Patients reported higher postoperative pain values at the first measurement of the VAS (4.93 ± 2.38), MPQ-pain rating index (26.95 ± 10.58), BPI-pain severity index (14.53 ± 7.36), and BPI-pain interference index (22.30 ± 15.13). Almost all of the scales and subscales showed a statistically significant direct correlation with the VAS at all of the evaluation periods. This study validated the utility of multidimensional questionnaires to expand the assessment of the PRK postoperative pain profile, including intensity and other qualitative aspects.

  12. Application of cold patch in relieving pain after transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Zeng, Yuan; Li, Yi; Gao, Jian-Hua

    2015-01-01

    A return toward toward photorefractive keratectomy has occurred due to better corneal stability and fewer corneal flap complications; however, pain remains a major drawback of the procedure. Currently, clinical pain control measures focus on the administration of pain medications, which may delay corneal epithelial healing and has, occasionally, led to serious corneal toxicity. To investigate the safety and efficacy of a cold patch on postoperative pain and other relevant consequences of transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy. A prospective, randomized controlled study was conducted. Forty patients (80 eyes) scheduled to undergo transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy for myopia or myopic astigmatism were randomly and equally assigned to be treated with ice-cold balanced salt solution during surgery (wash group) or to wear a postoperative cold patch on the eye for 24 h. The main outcomes were pain score on a visual analogue scale, postoperative eyelid edema, conjunctival hyperemia, epithelial healing time, haze and postoperative best-corrected visual acuity. All patients completed the final tests. Demographic characteristics and pain scores during surgery were similar between the two groups. The mean postoperative pain scores of patients in the cold patch group at 8 h, 16 h and 24 h were significantly lower than those of patients in the wash group. Scores for postoperative eyelid edema and conjunctival hyperemia in the cold patch group were also lower than in the wash group. Patients in the cold patch group used fewer painkillers. Epithelial healing time, haze and early recovery of visual acuity were similar between the two groups. No eyelid frostbite was observed. Wearing a cold patch on the eye after transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy effectively relieved pain and inflammation, and reduced the use of painkillers without any side effects.

  13. Effectiveness of scraping and mitomycin C to treat haze after myopic photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Spadea, Leopoldo; Verrecchia, Valerio

    2011-01-01

    To report the possibility of post myopic photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) haze treatment in a patient with expressed reluctance for any additional laser therapy. Seven months after bilateral PRK with subsequent development of corneal haze and refractive regression in both eyes, a 37-old-year male patient presented a best-spectacle corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) of 20/30 in the right eye and of 20/22 in the left eye. Both eyes were sequentially treated by scraping the stromal surface and application of mitomycin C (MMC) for 2 minutes. Both eyes had significant improvement in corneal transparency. Eighteen months after this treatment BSCVA had improved to 20/20 in each eye. No toxic effects were observed during either re-epithelialization or follow-up periods. In conclusion scraping and application of MMC could be considered a good tool in the treatment of selected cases of haze after myopic PRK, especially with patients that are reluctant to undergo a secondary laser procedure.

  14. Corneal-Wavefront guided transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy after corneal collagen cross linking in keratoconus.

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    Camellin, Massimo; Guidotti, Jacopo Maria; Arba Mosquera, Samuel

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Corneal-Wavefront guided transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (TransPRK) after corneal collagen cross linking (CXL) in keratoconic patients. In this retrospective, non-comparative, consecutive case series, 39 keratoconic eyes underwent Corneal-Wavefront guided TransPRK for the correction of aberrations at least 4 months after conventional CXL at SEKAL Rovigo Microsurgery Centre, Rovigo, Italy. Two eyes (5%) underwent a secondary laser retreatment for the improvement of post-operative visual acuity and were not included in this retrospective analysis. The mean age of the patients was 35±12 years (19-64 years) at the time of the surgery. Keratron-Scout (Optikon) topographer was used for diagnostic tests and a flying-spot laser (AMARIS; SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions) was used for the refractive surgery. Complete ophthalmic examinations were performed before and after the surgery (4-36 months postoperatively with a mean follow up time of 10±8 months). Preoperatively, eyes showed irregular astigmatism up to 8D. At last postoperative follow-up, 21 eyes (57%) had UDVA better than 20/40, and six eyes (16%) had UDVA of 20/20. Twenty-three eyes (62%) were within 1.50D of attempted correction in spherical equivalent (mean deviation from target was +1.09±2.36D, range -2.50 to +7.38D). No eye lost 2 Snellen lines of CDVA, and 15 eyes (41%) had an increase of more than 2 lines. Corneal-Wavefront guided transepithelial PRK ablation profiles after conventional CXL yields to good visual, optical, and refractive results. These treatments are safe and efficacious for the correction of refracto-therapeutic problems in keratoconic patients. Copyright © 2016 Spanish General Council of Optometry. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  15. Late corneal scarring after retinal detachment surgery 42 months after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Tosi, Gian Marco; Baiocchi, Stefano; Caporossi, Tomaso

    2004-05-01

    A 42-year-old man had uneventful bilateral nonsimultaneous photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for severe myopia. Thirty-nine months after the procedure, the patient presented with a retinal detachment (RD) in the right eye. Cerclage, vitrectomy, endolaser, and intravitreal silicone oil tamponade were performed, and the RD was successfully repaired. Three months after vitrectomy and 42 months after PRK, the patient complained of visual impairment in the right eye and photophobia. On slitlamp examination, marked reticular scarring of the central anterior cornea was observed. The occurrence of late-onset corneal haze highlights the need for special attention to patients who have vitrectomy after PRK.

  16. Confocal microscopy reveals persisting stromal changes after myopic photorefractive keratectomy in zero haze corneas

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    Bohnke, M.; Thaer, A.; Schipper, I.

    1998-01-01

    AIMS—Micromorphological examination of the central cornea in myopic patients 8-43 months after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), using the slit scanning confocal microscope.
METHODS—Patients were selected from a larger cohort of individuals on the basis of full corneal clarity (haze grading 0 to +1; mean 0.3) and their willingness to participate in the study. 15 eyes of 10 patients with myopic PRK (−4 to −11 D; mean 6.7) and an uneventful postoperative interval of 8-43 months (mean 26) were examined. Contact lenses had been worn by eight of the 10 patients for 4-11 years (mean 6.7) before surgery. Controls included the five untreated fellow eyes of PRK patients, 10 healthy, age matched volunteers without a history of ocular inflammation or contact lens wear, and 20 patients who had worn rigid gas permeable (n=10) or soft contact lenses (n=10) for 2-11 years. Subjects were examined with a real time flying slit, scanning confocal microscope using ×25 and ×50 objectives.
RESULTS—In PRK treated patients and contact lens wearers, basal layer epithelial cells sporadically displayed enhanced reflectivity. The subepithelial nerve plexus was observed in all individuals, but was usually less well contrasted in the PRK group, owing to the presence of a very discrete layer of subepithelial scar tissue, which patchily enhanced background reflectivity. Within all layers of the stroma, two distinct types of abnormal reflective bodies were observed in all PRK treated eyes, but in none of the controls. One had the appearance of long (>= 50 µm), slender (2-8 µm in diameter) dimly reflective rods, which sometimes contained bright, punctate, crystal-like inclusions, arranged linearly and at irregular intervals. The other was shorter (<25 µm), more slender in form (<1 µm in diameter), and highly reflective; these so called needles were composed of crystal-like granules in linear array, with an individual appearance similar to the bright

  17. Single-step transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy in high myopia: qualitative and quantitative visual functions

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    Adib-Moghaddam, Soheil; Soleyman-Jahi, Saeed; Adili-Aghdam, Fatemeh; Arba Mosquera, Samuel; Hoorshad, Niloofar; Tofighi, Salar

    2017-01-01

    AIM To investigate quantitative and qualitative optical outcomes of single-step transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (TransPRK) in high myopia. METHODS In a prospective interventional case-series, 30 eyes with high myopia (-6.00 to -8.75 D) with (up to -3.00 D) or without astigmatism were enrolled from Bina Eye Hospital, Tehran, Iran. One-step TransPRK was performed with aberration-free aspherical optimized profile and SCHWIND AMARIS 500 laser. One-year follow-up results for refraction, visual acuities, vector analysis, ocular wave-front (OWF) and corneal wave-front (CWF) higher order aberrations (HOA), contrast sensitivity (CS), and post-operative haze were assessed. RESULTS After the surgery, both photopic and mesopic CSs significantly improved (both P<0.001). We detected significant induction of OWF coma and trefoil (P<0.001 for both) HOAs; CWF coma (P=0.002), spherical (P<0.001), and tetrafoil (P=0.003) HOAs in 6 mm analysis diameter; and CWF trefoil (P=0.04) HOA in 4 mm analysis diameter. The range of mean induction observed for various HOAs was 0.005-0.11 µm. The 86.7% of eyes reached an uncorrected distance visual acuity of 20/20 or better; 96.7% of eyes were within ±0.5 D of targeted spherical refraction. In vector analysis, mean correction index value was 1.03 and mean index of success was 0.22. By 12mo after the operation, no eye lost any number of corrected distance visual acuity lines. We detected no corneal haze greater than 1+ throughout the follow-up. CONCLUSION Our findings show promising effects of single-step TransPRK on quality of vision in high myopic eyes. It also improves refraction and visual acuity. PMID:28393038

  18. Comparative evaluation of Comfilcon A and Senofilcon A bandage contact lenses after transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy

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    Mukherjee, Achyut; Ioannides, Antonis; Aslanides, Ioannis

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate and compare Comfilcon A and Senofilcon A silicone hydrogel contact lenses used as a therapeutic bandage following transepithelial excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Methods Patients undergoing transepithelial PRK for myopia were prospectively recruited. Included patients had a Comfilcon A silicone hydrogel lens inserted in one eye, with a Senofilcon A lens in the contralateral eye. Postoperative assessment of subjective pain, epithelial healing and visual recovery was at day 1, 3 and 7. Contact lens factors including centration, movement and deposits were assessed. Results 48 eyes of 24 patients were included in the study. Mean age was 31 years (SD 11) and mean refractive error −4.5 D (SD 1.8). Mean pain score at day 1 was significantly higher in the Comfilcon group at 4.6 (SD 2.7) vs. 1.5 (SD2.5) in the Senofilcon group (P < 0.005). Mean time to healing was 3.17 days (SD 0.37) in the Comfilcon group, and 3.21 days (SD 0.4) in the Senofilcon group, with no difference in defect size. There was a pronounced central raphe in 1 eye in the Comfilcon group vs. 5 eyes in the Senofilcon group (P = 0.19). Significantly more eyes demonstrated no lens movement in the Senofilcon group (18 vs. 4, P = 0.0001). Conclusion The variation in material characteristics and lens geometry of different silicone hydrogel lenses affects their clinical characteristics in therapeutic roles. Other factors than oxygen permeability may affect pain and epithelial healing, with superior pain relief from the less permeable Senofilcon lens in this study. PMID:25649638

  19. Prospective comparison of chilled versus room temperature saline irrigation in alcohol-assisted photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Neuffer, M C; Khalifa, Y M; Moshirfar, M; Miffin, M D

    2013-01-01

    Chilled saline is commonly used to irrigate the ocular surface after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and is often considered by the patients to be uncomfortable. Room temperature (non-chilled) saline may be a safe and less painful alternative. To compare pain and visual outcomes after irrigating the ocular surface with chilled saline versus room temperature saline in alcohol assisted PRK. In this prospective, single-masked, randomized, contralateral eye study, myopic eyes were treated with PRK. Immediately after laser ablation one eye was irrigated with chilled saline and the other with non-chilled saline. Primary outcomes measured were pain, haze, uncorrected (UCVA) and best-corrected (BCVA) visual acuities, and manifest refraction. Each group comprised of 40 eyes. There was no significant difference in pain between the groups at any point during five days after surgery. At 6 months the mean UCVA was -0.08 logMAR ± .077 [SD] (20/17) and -0.07 ± .074 logMAR (20/17) in the chilled and non-chilled groups respectively (p =.35). Both groups achieved 95% UCVA of 20/20 or better. The manifest refraction spherical equivalent (MRSE) was -0.05 ± 0.21 D and -0.025 ± 0.27 D respectively (p = .79). There were no lines lost of BCVA and no haze observed. Similar outcomes were observed with regard to pain and vision in both groups. The use of room temperature saline irrigation during PRK appears to be safe and effective. © NEPjOPH.

  20. Effects of decentration of photorefractive keratectomy on the induction of higher order wavefront aberrations.

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    Lee, Sang-Bumm; Hwang, Bo-Sung; Lee, Junyeop

    2010-10-01

    To evaluate the effects of ablation decentration on the induction of higher order wavefront aberrations (HOAs) in active eye-tracker-assisted myopic photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) using the VISX STAR S4 laser with ActiveTrak (Abbott Medical Optics [AMO]). Ninety-four myopic eyes (53 patients) were divided into three groups according to ablation decentration (group 1, ≤0.15 mm, 20 eyes; group 2, >0.15 to ≤0.30 mm, 54 eyes; and group 3, >0.30 mm, 20 eyes). The distances of ablation centers from the centers of the entrance pupils were analyzed using corneal topography. Wavefront errors were measured preoperatively and at 6 months after PRK using a VISX WaveScan aberrometer (AMO). Statistical analysis was performed to assess the influence of ablation decentration on PRK-induced HOAs. The mean decentration was 0.23±0.10 mm (range: 0.04 to 0.52 7 mm). The magnitude of all HOAs was significantly increased at 6 months postoperatively (P<.05). Increases in PRK-induced HOAs including total HOA, coma, and spherical aberration were significantly different among the three groups (P<.05). Statistically significant differences were noted between pairs of data in group 1 versus group 3 for total HOA (P=.015), coma (P=.038), and spherical aberration (P=.038), and group 2 versus group 3 for coma (P=.049). Ablation decentration >0.30 mm from the center of the entrance pupil was associated with greater induction of total HOA, coma, and spherical aberration after PRK, as compared with ablation decentration <0.15 mm. In addition, ablation decentration has a more significant influence on coma-inducing effects. Copyright 2010, SLACK Incorporated.

  1. Effect of photorefractive keratectomy for myopia on measurement of retinal nerve fiber layer thickness using optical coherence tomography.

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    Carpineto, P; Ciancaglini, M; Zuppardi, E; Doronzo, E; Stefano, N D; Mastropasqua, L

    2001-01-01

    To evaluate the effect of excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) on nerve fiber layer thickness measurements by optical coherence tomography in myopic eyes. Twenty-two patients who had PRK for myopia underwent nerve fiber layer measurement by optical coherence tomography in both eyes before and 6 months after surgery in the first operated eye and before surgery in the fellow (control) eye, 6 months after the first PRK. Optical coherence tomography was performed with a Humphrey Optical Coherence Tomography Scanner. Each eye was scanned at the nerve head program radius of 1.5. For each of the optical coherence tomography parameters (average for each quadrant, superior, inferior, temporal, nasal; average for each clock hour; average over the entire cylindrical section), descriptive statistics were calculated. The difference between the observed change from the first to the second examination was calculated between the treated and the control eye. Individual mean differences were tested with Student's t-test. Hotelling's T-squared generalized means test was used to determine whether the set of mean differences was equal to zero. The average preoperative refractive error was -3.90+/-1.50 D in treated eyes and -3.89+/-1.50 D in control eyes (P = .81, Student's t-test). Mean achieved refractive correction was 3.70+/-1.70 D, corresponding to 48.1+/-22.1 microm of corneal ablation. No statistically significant difference was found in any measurement in the treated eye compared with the untreated control eye. At 6 months postoperatively, photorefractive keratectomy for moderate myopia that resulted in clear corneas did not affect nerve fiber layer thickness measurements, as obtained by optical coherence tomography.

  2. [Glycosaminoglycans in subepithelial opacity after excimer laser keratectomy].

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    Nakayasu, K; Gotoh, T; Ishikawa, T; Kanai, A

    1996-05-01

    We evaluated histochemically the characteristics of glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans in the corneal subepithelial opacity after excimer laser keratectomy on rabbit corneas. We also performed the same evaluations on the cornea after mechanical keratectomy. Twenty days after the operations, the area immediately subjacent to the epithelium showed strong staining with toluidine blue, alcian blue, and colloidal iron. However, after treatment with chondroitinase ABC or chondroitinase AC, alcian blue staining in this area decreased dramatically. Antilarge proteoglycan antibody also reacted strongly in this area. Histochemical and immunohistochemical examination of the cornea where mechanical keratectomy was done showed basically similar findings with the cornea of excimer laser keratectomy. These results suggest that large-molecula proteoglycans with chondroitine sulfate side chains become localized in the subepithelial area after two different kinds of keratectomies. We presume from histochemical and immunohistochemical observations that the subepithelial opacity observed after excimer laser keratectomy is not a special reaction to excimer laser but simply a corneal scar formed after stromal resection.

  3. Effectiveness of Technolas torsional eye tracking system on visual outcomes after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Gharaee, Hamid; Ghanavati, Siamak Zaree; Rad, Saeed Shokoohi; Omidtabrizi, Arash; Naseri, Hashem

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the efficacy of Technolas 217Z eye tracking system (torsional component) in corneal surface irregularity and high order aberrations (HOAs) after photorefractive keratectomy. Patients with compound myopic astigmatism among persons demanding refractive surgery in Khatam-al-Anbia Eye Hospital with the mean age of 29 years were enrolled in this double-blind randomized interventional study. The mean spherical equivalent (SE) of refractive error was -4.75 diopters(D) (range: -1.5 to -7.0), and the mean astigmatism was 3 D (range:1.0-4). Many studies were performed for each patient including: A complete eye examination, visual acuity and Monocular contrast sensitivity evaluation, and refraction. Corneal topography, Orbscan II, and wavefront aberrometry were conducted. One eye was randomly assigned for aspheric treatment and applying eye tracking system. The other eye was treated without torsional eye tracking system. The outcome measures were uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), contrast sensitivity, corneal irregularity index in 3 mm and 5 mm optical zones in Orbscan II, and mean total HOAs at the 6-monthvisit. Fifty eyes of 25 patients were enrolled. Mean UCVA was improved significantly in both the study and control groups in the 6-month post-operative follow-up. There was no significant difference between the 2 groups in UCVA and BCVA (P = 0.185 and P = 0.176, respectively). Total HOAs increased in both groups after PRK. However, they were lower in eyes treated with the eye tracking system (P < 0.001). Corneal irregularity index in 3 mm and 5 mm central zones in Orbscan II was significantly lower in the study group (P = 0.045 and P = 0.031 respectively). Contrast sensitivity function was not different in the 2 groups (P = 0.15). Our study findings suggest that applying 'Technolas 217z' eye tracker system (Bausch and Lomb Advanced) results in a more regular anterior surface of cornea. Therefore, we

  4. Custom photorefractive keratectomy ablations for the correction of spherical and cylindrical refractive error and higher-order aberration.

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    Schwiegerling, J; Snyder, R W

    1998-09-01

    Photorefractive keratectomy is an evolving refractive procedure for correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Earlier descriptions of the patterns required for this surgery are based on paraxial optics. In this investigation the required pattern is generalized to account for spherical refractive error (defocus), axial astigmatism of arbitrary orientation, and fourth-order aberrations of the eye. The patterns described in this study can be used to customize photorefractive keratectomy and to provide corrections that account for aberration content as well as paraxial values. Furthermore, a description of the pattern along the boundary of the optical zone is given, which may prove useful in designing blending zones. An example of the use of these techniques is given for a schematic eye model.

  5. The effect of silicone hydrogel bandage soft contact lens base curvature on comfort and outcomes after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Taylor, Kenneth R; Molchan, Ryan P; Townley, J Richard; Caldwell, Matthew C; Panday, Vasudha A

    2015-03-01

    To evaluate the relative pain and the relative amount of contact lens loss experienced using two different base curvatures (BCs) of the Acuvue Oasys bandage soft contact lens (BSCL) after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). One hundred forty patients undergoing PRK on either the Allegretto or the VISX laser at the Joint Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center in Lackland AFB, TX, were randomized to one of the two different BCs of the Acuvue Oasys BSCL: 8.4 or 8.8 mm. Patients were evaluated on postoperative days 1 and 4 during which they completed a survey rating absolute pain in each eye on a visual analog pain scale. Lens loss was recorded throughout the study. Patients treated on the Allegretto laser preferred the 8.4-mm BC lens, whereas comfort after treatment on the VISX depended on corneal shape. For VISX, patients with very flat corneas (steep K ≤42 preoperative or ≤38 postoperatively) preferred an 8.8-mm BC lens while patients with very steep corneas (steep K >45 preoperative or >42 postoperative) preferred an 8.4-mm BC lens, though these results were largely not statistically significant. Patients who lost their lenses prematurely tended to be those whose corneal curvature did not match their contact lens BC. Individuals treated with the Allegretto laser or individuals with more prolate corneas should likely be fit with an 8.4-mm BC Acuvue Oasys BSCL while individuals with more oblate corneas should likely be fit with an 8.8-mm BC lens to minimize postoperative pain and premature BSCL loss.

  6. A prospective, contralateral comparison of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) versus thin-flap LASIK: assessment of visual function.

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    Hatch, Bryndon B; Moshirfar, Majid; Ollerton, Andrew J; Sikder, Shameema; Mifflin, Mark D

    2011-01-01

    To compare differences in visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, complications, and higher-order ocular aberrations (HOAs) in eyes with stable myopia undergoing either photo-refractive keratectomy (PRK) or thin-flap laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) (intended flap thickness of 90 μm) using the VISX Star S4 CustomVue excimer laser and the IntraLase FS60 femtosecond laser at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. In this prospective, masked, and randomized pilot study, refractive surgery was performed contralaterally on 52 eyes: 26 with PRK and 26 with thin-flap LASIK. Primary outcome measures were uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), contrast sensitivity, and complications. At 6 months, mean values for UDVA (logMAR) were -0.043 ± 0.668 and -0.061 ± 0.099 in the PRK and thin-flap LASIK groups, respectively (n = 25, P = 0.466). UDVA of 20/20 or better was achieved in 96% of eyes undergoing PRK and 92% of eyes undergoing thin-flap LASIK, whereas 20/15 vision or better was achieved in 73% of eyes undergoing PRK and 72% of eyes undergoing thin-flap LASIK (P > 0.600). Significant differences were not found between treatment groups in contrast sensitivity (P ≥ 0.156) or CDVA (P = 0.800) at postoperative 6 months. Types of complications differed between groups, notably 35% of eyes in the thin-flap LASIK group experiencing complications, including microstriae and 2 flap tears. Under well-controlled surgical conditions, PRK and thin-flap LASIK refractive surgeries achieve similar results in visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and induction of HOAs, with differences in experienced complications.

  7. A prospective, contralateral comparison of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) versus thin-flap LASIK: assessment of visual function

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    Hatch, Bryndon B; Moshirfar, Majid; Ollerton, Andrew J; Sikder, Shameema; Mifflin, Mark D

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: To compare differences in visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, complications, and higher-order ocular aberrations (HOAs) in eyes with stable myopia undergoing either photo-refractive keratectomy (PRK) or thin-flap laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) (intended flap thickness of 90 μm) using the VISX Star S4 CustomVue excimer laser and the IntraLase FS60 femtosecond laser at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. Methods: In this prospective, masked, and randomized pilot study, refractive surgery was performed contralaterally on 52 eyes: 26 with PRK and 26 with thin-flap LASIK. Primary outcome measures were uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), contrast sensitivity, and complications. Results: At 6 months, mean values for UDVA (logMAR) were −0.043 ± 0.668 and −0.061 ± 0.099 in the PRK and thin-flap LASIK groups, respectively (n = 25, P = 0.466). UDVA of 20/20 or better was achieved in 96% of eyes undergoing PRK and 92% of eyes undergoing thin-flap LASIK, whereas 20/15 vision or better was achieved in 73% of eyes undergoing PRK and 72% of eyes undergoing thin-flap LASIK (P > 0.600). Significant differences were not found between treatment groups in contrast sensitivity (P ≥ 0.156) or CDVA (P = 0.800) at postoperative 6 months. Types of complications differed between groups, notably 35% of eyes in the thin-flap LASIK group experiencing complications, including microstriae and 2 flap tears. Conclusion: Under well-controlled surgical conditions, PRK and thin-flap LASIK refractive surgeries achieve similar results in visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and induction of HOAs, with differences in experienced complications. PMID:21573091

  8. Customized photorefractive keratectomy to correct high ametropia after penetrating keratoplasty: A pilot study

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    De Rosa, Giuseppe; Boccia, Rosa; Santamaria, Carmine; Fabbozzi, Lorenzo; De Rosa, Luigi; Lanza, Michele

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate preliminarily the safety and efficacy of customized photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) to correct ametropia and irregular astigmatism after penetrating keratoplasty (PK). Methods This pilot study included five eyes of five patients with a mean spherical equivalent of −5.1 ± 1.46 D (range from −2.75 to −6.50 D). In all cases, ametropia and irregular astigmatism was corrected with topography-guided customized PRK. Ocular examinations with topographic analysis were performed preoperatively as well as at 1, 3 and 6 months after surgery. Results All eyes gained postoperatively at least three Snellen lines of uncorrected visual acuity. Mean refractive spherical equivalent was 0.62 ± 0.63 D (range from −0.25 to −1.75 D) at 6 months postoperatively. Conclusion Our pilot study suggests that customized PRK can be a safe and effective method for treating ametropia and irregular astigmatisms after PK. Future studies with larger samples and longer follow-ups should be performed to confirm these results. PMID:25151176

  9. [Effects of Dexamethasone, Fluorometholone and Florex on intraocular pressure after photorefractive keratectomy].

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    Deng, Y; Wnag, L; Liu, C; Cai, R

    1999-06-01

    To evaluate the results of elevated intraocular pressure (IO) secondary to dropping of 0.1% Dexamethasone, Fluorometholone and Florex for 1-3 months after photorefractive keratectomy, we summed up and analysed the 3-month follow-up data on 546 eyes in three groups. The rates of IO elevated in Dexamethasone, Fluorometholone and Florex were 36%, 12.4% and 31.9% respectively. After topical use of corticosteroid, some of the elevations of IO took place as early as two weeks, but most of them occurred around 1 month. Eleven patients with IO elevation of both eyes had visual acuity decreased associated with eye-ache and halos and the other patients had no symptoms. After discontinuation of corticosteroid and institution of antiglaucoma therapy, the IO became normal in 3-7 days. In practice, this means that patients receiving corticosteroid eyedrops for more than two weeks should be checked for the possibility of ocular hypertension to prevent the corticosteroid glaucoma.

  10. Kinetic Profiles of Inflammatory Mediators in the Conjunctival Sac Fluid of Patients upon Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Tisato, Veronica; Perri, Paolo; Rimondi, Erika; Melloni, Elisabetta; Lamberti, Giuseppe; Milani, Daniela; Secchiero, Paola; Zauli, Giorgio

    2015-01-01

    Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) represents a therapeutic option to remodel corneal stroma and to compensate refractive errors, which involves inflammatory and/or regenerative processes. In this context, the modulation of cytokines/chemokines in the conjunctival sac fluid and their role in the maintenance of the corneal microenvironment during the healing process upon refractive procedures has not been deeply investigated. In this study, serial samples of conjunctival sac fluid of patients (n = 25) undergoing PRK were harvested before and at different time points after surgery. The levels of 29 cytokines/chemokines/growth factors involved in inflammatory/immune processes were measured with a multiplex array system. The results have firstly highlighted the different pattern of cytokine expression between the microenvironment at the anterior surface of the eye and the systemic circulation. More importantly, the kinetic of modulation of cytokines/chemokines at the conjunctival level following PRK revealed that while the majority of cytokines/chemokines showed a significant decrease, MCP-1 emerged in light of its pronounced and significant increase soon after PRK and during the follow-up. This methodological approach has highlighted the role of MCP-1 in the healing process following PRK and has shown a potential for the identification of expression/modulation of soluble factors for biomarker profiling in ocular surface diseases. PMID:26525345

  11. Application of newly developed amniotic membrane ointment for photorefractive keratectomy in rabbits.

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    Kim, Tae Hyun; Lee, Dong Yeoul; Rho, Jee Hyun; Rho, Sae Heun; Yoo, Kyung Won; Ahn, Hee Bae; Yoo, Young Hyun; Park, Woo Chan

    2006-01-01

    We developed amniotic membrane ointment (AMO), and the effect of instilling the AMO after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) was investigated with respect to inflammatory cell infiltration into the corneal stroma, apoptosis of keratocytes, and suppression of lipid peroxidation of cellular walls. The PRK procedure was performed on both eyes of 10 white rabbits. One eye of each rabbit (the experimental eye) was instilled with the AMO and the other eye of the rabbit (the control eye) with a base ointment 0, 8 and 16 h after the PRK procedure. Corneal specimens were collected 24 h after the PRK procedure. Hematoxylin-eosin stain and TUNEL assay were conducted to demonstrate polymorphonuclear and apoptotic cells, respectively. To assess lipid peroxidation, immunohistochemical staining with an antibody to malondialdehyde was undertaken. Compared to the control, the cornea instilled with the AMO had significantly less polymorphonuclear cells infiltrating into the corneal stroma as well as keratocytes subjected to apoptosis. These corneas also showed a significantly less extent of lipid peroxidation than the control. These data support that instillation of the AMO effectively reduced the recruitment of polymorphonuclear cells, the induction of apoptosis in keratocytes, and lipid peroxidation induced by PRK. Thus, this study could provide basic data on the clinical application of the AMO in the days ahead.

  12. Corneal Complications During and After Vitrectomy for Retinal Detachment in Photorefractive Keratectomy Treated Eyes.

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    Tosi, Gian Marco; Baiocchi, Stefano; Balestrazzi, Angelo; Martone, Gianluca; Marigliani, Davide; Neri, Giovanni; Caporossi, Tomaso

    2015-12-01

    To evaluate the occurrence of late-onset corneal haze (LOCH) after vitrectomy for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) in photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)-treated eyes. This observational cohort study comprised 13 eyes of 13 patients who underwent vitrectomy for RRD and who had been subjected to PRK years earlier. The occurrence of LOCH was evaluated together with all the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative factors that could affect final corneal status. LOCH developed in 2 eyes. Both patients had undergone PRK for high myopia--one 3 years and the other 9 years prior to RRD. Both patients presented with RRD due to giant retinal tear and were subjected to scleral buckle, 20-gauge vitrectomy, and silicone oil tamponade. Three months after vitrectomy and 1 month after silicone oil removal they both developed LOCH. During vitreoretinal surgery neither of the 2 patients needed mechanical epithelial debridement. Intraoperative epithelial debridement was performed in 2 of the other patients of the series, who had undergone previous PRK for high myopia and had clear corneas at presentation; in 1 of them this manoeuvre hampered intraoperative visualization. Follow-up after retinal detachment surgery ranged from 6 to 156 months (mean, 37.5 months). Subepithelial corneal scarring may be reactivated many years after PRK. In our series this happened after vitrectomy.

  13. Customized photorefractive keratectomy to correct high ametropia after penetrating keratoplasty: A pilot study.

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    De Rosa, Giuseppe; Boccia, Rosa; Santamaria, Carmine; Fabbozzi, Lorenzo; De Rosa, Luigi; Lanza, Michele

    2015-01-01

    To evaluate preliminarily the safety and efficacy of customized photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) to correct ametropia and irregular astigmatism after penetrating keratoplasty (PK). This pilot study included five eyes of five patients with a mean spherical equivalent of -5.1±1.46D (range from -2.75 to -6.50D). In all cases, ametropia and irregular astigmatism was corrected with topography-guided customized PRK. Ocular examinations with topographic analysis were performed preoperatively as well as at 1, 3 and 6 months after surgery. All eyes gained postoperatively at least three Snellen lines of uncorrected visual acuity. Mean refractive spherical equivalent was 0.62±0.63D (range from -0.25 to -1.75D) at 6 months postoperatively. Our pilot study suggests that customized PRK can be a safe and effective method for treating ametropia and irregular astigmatisms after PK. Future studies with larger samples and longer follow-ups should be performed to confirm these results. Copyright © 2013 Spanish General Council of Optometry. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  14. Intraocular Lens Calculation for Cataract Treated with Photorefractive Keratectomy Using Ray Tracing Method.

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    Ishikawa; Hirano; Murai; Kumagai; Nakayasu; Kanai

    2000-09-01

    Purpose: Conventional methods (such as the SRK-II formula) do not accurately calculate the power of the intraocular lens (IOL) after refractive surgery. Therefore, we compared a new formula including a ray tracing method to the conventional method for foldable IOL lens implantation.Method: Foldable IOLs (MA 60 BM) were implanted in 26 patients (32 eyes) using the phakoemulsification technique. The power of the IOL was measured preoperatively using the SRK-II formula in all cases. From the results of postoperative refractive errors of these cases, the power of IOL calculated by the ray tracing method was compared to the SRK-II formula. Cataract patients first treated with photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) received IOL implants using our ray tracing method and their postoperative refraction was measured.Results: The average postoperative refractive error was 1.32 D in SRK-II formula, 0.95 D in the ray tracing method with Ray 1 used and 0.89 D with Ray 2 used. Postoperative refraction of both eyes first treated with PRK was -1.00 D.Conclusion: The average postoperative refractive error was reduced in the ray tracing method using Olsen's predicted ACD (Ray 2) compared to SRK-II formula. This new tracing method appears to be useful for determination of IOL power and it may be applied for IOL calculation for cataract surgery after refractive surgery.

  15. Topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy for irregular astigmatism after small incision lenticule extraction.

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    Ivarsen, Anders; Hjortdal, Jesper Ø

    2014-06-01

    To report the outcome of topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) after complicated small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE). Retrospective case series of 5 eyes with irregular topography and ghost images after complicated SMILE. All eyes received transepithelial topography-guided PRK. Two eyes were treated with 0.02% mitomycin C. Patients were examined after a minimum of 3 months with evaluation of uncorrected (UDVA) and corrected (CDVA) distance visual acuity, Pentacam tomography (Oculus Optikgeräte, Wetzlar, Germany), and whole-eye aberrometry. In 3 eyes, subjective symptoms were diminished and UDVA, CDVA, topography, and corneal wavefront aberrations were improved. The remaining 2 eyes developed significant haze with worsened topography and wavefront aberrations. One eye experienced a two-line reduction in CDVA. Eyes with haze development had not been treated with mitomycin C. Transepithelial topography-guided PRK may reduce visual symptoms after complicated SMILE if postoperative haze can be controlled. To reduce the risk of haze development, application of mitomycin C may be considered. Copyright 2014, SLACK Incorporated.

  16. Corneal Complications During and After Vitrectomy for Retinal Detachment in Photorefractive Keratectomy Treated Eyes

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    Tosi, Gian Marco; Baiocchi, Stefano; Balestrazzi, Angelo; Martone, Gianluca; Marigliani, Davide; Neri, Giovanni; Caporossi, Tomaso

    2015-01-01

    Abstract To evaluate the occurrence of late-onset corneal haze (LOCH) after vitrectomy for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) in photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)-treated eyes. This observational cohort study comprised 13 eyes of 13 patients who underwent vitrectomy for RRD and who had been subjected to PRK years earlier. The occurrence of LOCH was evaluated together with all the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative factors that could affect final corneal status. LOCH developed in 2 eyes. Both patients had undergone PRK for high myopia—one 3 years and the other 9 years prior to RRD. Both patients presented with RRD due to giant retinal tear and were subjected to scleral buckle, 20-gauge vitrectomy, and silicone oil tamponade. Three months after vitrectomy and 1 month after silicone oil removal they both developed LOCH. During vitreoretinal surgery neither of the 2 patients needed mechanical epithelial debridement. Intraoperative epithelial debridement was performed in 2 of the other patients of the series, who had undergone previous PRK for high myopia and had clear corneas at presentation; in 1 of them this manoeuvre hampered intraoperative visualization. Follow-up after retinal detachment surgery ranged from 6 to 156 months (mean, 37.5 months). Subepithelial corneal scarring may be reactivated many years after PRK. In our series this happened after vitrectomy. PMID:26683931

  17. Wave Front-Guided Photorefractive Keratectomy Using a High-Resolution Aberrometer After Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking in Keratoconus.

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    Shaheen, Mohamed Shafik; Shalaby Bardan, Ahmed; Piñero, David P; Ezzeldin, Hani; El-Kateb, Mohamed; Helaly, Hany; Khalifa, Mounir A

    2016-07-01

    To evaluate the clinical outcomes of wave front-guided (WFG) photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) using a high-definition aberrometer in corneas with keratoconus at least 1 year after corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL). Prospective uncontrolled interventional case series study including a total of 34 consecutive eyes of 25 patients with keratoconus previously treated with CXL. All cases underwent WFG PRK using the VISX STAR S4 IR excimer laser and the iDesign system. All eyes had keratoconus grade I or II according to the Amsler-Krumeich classification. Visual, refractive, and ocular aberrometric outcomes were evaluated during a 12-month follow-up. Astigmatic changes were analyzed with the Alpins vector method. A significant improvement was observed in the uncorrected and corrected distance visual acuities (P < 0.001). The mean efficacy and safety indices at 12 months postoperatively were 1.58 ± 1.11 and 1.96 ± 1.52, respectively. Manifest sphere and cylinder were reduced significantly (P < 0.001), with 76.5% of the eyes having a spherical equivalent within ±1.00 D at 12 months postoperatively. The mean difference vector and magnitude of error were 1.06 ± 0.92 and 0.43 ± 0.86 D, respectively. Some corneal irregularity indices were reduced significantly with surgery (P ≤ 0.005) as well as the level of ocular higher order aberrations, primary coma, and trefoil (P < 0.001). Sequential WFG PRK using the iDesign system and the STAR S4 IR excimer laser after CXL is an effective option to correct the spherocylindrical error and to minimize the level of higher order aberrations in mild and moderate keratoconus if the maximum intended ablation depth does not exceed 15% of the minimal corneal thickness.

  18. Assessment of contrast sensitivity and aberrations after photorefractive keratectomy in patients with myopia greater than 5 diopters.

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    Fahim, Alireza; Rezvan, Bijan; Hashemi, Hassan

    2013-09-09

    This study aimed to assess changes in contrast sensitivity and aberrations in cases of myopia greater than 5.0 diopter (D) who had photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). In this semi-experimental study, 20 eyes of ten patients were studied. Inclusion criteria were at least 5.0 D of myopia, stable refraction in the past year, no history of refractive surgery, a minimum corneal thickness of 480 μm, and having surgery in both eyes. Exclusion criteria were the presence of any corneal condition. In addition to the routine tests, aberrometry and assessment of contrast sensitivity was done using the WaveLight Allegro Analyzer and the VectorVision CSV-1000. After PRK using the Concerto Excimer Laser (WaveLight, Alcon), patients were scheduled to have follow-up visits at 1 month, 3 months, and 1 year after surgery. Contrast sensitivity with glare showed an increasing trend only at the spatial frequency of 3 cycles per degree (cpd) (P=0.013). Contrast sensitivity without glared increased postoperatively at special frequencies of 3, 6, and 18 cpd (P<0.05). The preoperative level of higher order aberrations root mean square (HOA RMS) of 0.24±0.08 reached 0.71±0.25 at 12 months after surgery. Assessment of comma and trefoil showed no significant difference between preoperative and postoperative values, but the amount of spherical aberration changed from a mean preoperative value of 0.0±0.09 to 0.27±0.15 at 12 months after surgery. In the treatment of myopia greater than 5.0 D, PRK with the Concerto Excimer Laser can improve contrast sensitivity in certain spatial frequencies. This is while HOA RMS and spherical aberration increase.

  19. Prospective, randomized, fellow eye comparison of WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q versus VISX CustomVueTM STAR S4 IRTM in photorefractive keratectomy: analysis of visual outcomes and higher-order aberrations

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    Moshirfar, Majid; Churgin, Daniel S; Betts, Brent S; Hsu, Maylon; Sikder, Shameema; Neuffer, Marcus; Church, Dane; Mifflin, Mark D

    2011-01-01

    VISX CustomVue and WaveLight Allegretto platforms performed equally in terms of visual acuity, safety, and predictability in photorefractive keratectomy. The wavefront-guided group showed slightly improved contrast sensitivity. Both lasers induced a comparable degree of statistically significant spherical aberration, and tended to increase other higher-order aberration measures as well. PMID:21966184

  20. Prospective, randomized, fellow eye comparison of WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q versus VISX CustomVueTM STAR S4 IRTM in photorefractive keratectomy: analysis of visual outcomes and higher-order aberrations.

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    Moshirfar, Majid; Churgin, Daniel S; Betts, Brent S; Hsu, Maylon; Sikder, Shameema; Neuffer, Marcus; Church, Dane; Mifflin, Mark D

    2011-01-01

    platforms performed equally in terms of visual acuity, safety, and predictability in photorefractive keratectomy. The wavefront-guided group showed slightly improved contrast sensitivity. Both lasers induced a comparable degree of statistically significant spherical aberration, and tended to increase other higher-order aberration measures as well.

  1. Corneal Epithelial Remodeling and Its Effect on Corneal Asphericity after Transepithelial Photorefractive Keratectomy for Myopia

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    Zheng, Xiuyun

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate the changes in epithelial thickness profile following transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (T-PRK) for myopia and to investigate the effect of epithelial remodeling on corneal asphericity. Methods. Forty-four patients (44 right eyes) who underwent T-PRK were retrospectively evaluated. Epithelial thickness was measured using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography at different corneal zones (central, 2 mm; paracentral, 2–5 mm; and mid-peripheral, 5-6 mm) preoperatively and at 1 week and 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. The correlation between the changes in corneal epithelial thickness (ΔCET) and postoperative Q-value changes (ΔQ) was analyzed 6 months postoperatively. Results. Epithelial thickness at 6 months showed a negative meniscus-like lenticular pattern with less central thickening, which increased progressively toward the mid-periphery (3.69 ± 4.2, 5.19 ± 3.8, and 6.23 ± 3.9 μm at the center, paracenter, and mid-periphery, resp., P < 0.01). A significant positive relationship was observed between epithelial thickening and ΔQ 6 months postoperatively (r = 0.438, 0.580, and 0.504, resp., P < 0.01). Conclusions. Significant epithelial thickening was observed after T-PRK and showed a lenticular change with more thickening mid-peripherally, resulting in increased oblateness postoperatively. Epithelial remodeling may modify the epithelial thickness profile after surface ablation refractive surgery for myopia. PMID:27672447

  2. Comparison of Changes in Corneal Biomechanical Properties after Photorefractive Keratectomy and Small Incision Lenticule Extraction.

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    Yıldırım, Yusuf; Ölçücü, Onur; Başcı, Abdurrahman; Ağca, Alper; Özgürhan, Engin Bilge; Alagöz, Cengiz; Demircan, Ali; Demirok, Ahmet

    2016-04-01

    To compare the postoperative biomechanical properties of the cornea after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) in eyes with low and moderate myopia. We retrospectively examined 42 eyes of 23 patients undergoing PRK and 42 eyes of 22 patients undergoing SMILE for the correction of low and moderate myopia. Corneal hysteresis (CH) and corneal resistance factor (CRF) were measured with an Ocular Response Analyzer before and 6 months after surgery. We also investigated the relationship between these biomechanical changes and the amount of myopic correction. In the PRK group, CH was 10.4±1.3 mmHg preoperatively and significantly decreased to 8.5±1.3 mmHg postoperatively. In the SMILE group, CH was 10.9±1.7 mmHg preoperatively and decreased to 8.4±1.5 mmHg postoperatively. CRF was significantly decreased from 10.8±1.1 mmHg to 7.4±1.5 mmHg in the PRK group whereas it was decreased from 11.1±1.5 mmHg to 7.9±1.6 mmHg in the SMILE group postoperatively. There was a significant correlation between the amount of myopic correction and changes in biomechanical properties after PRK (r=-0.29, p=0.045 for CH; r=-0.07, p=0.05 for CRF) and SMILE (r=-0.25, p=0.048 for CH; r=-0.37, p=0.011 for CRF). Both PRK and SMILE can affect the biomechanical strength of the cornea. SMILE resulted in larger biomechanical changes than PRK.

  3. Photorefractive keratectomy in mild to moderate keratoconus: outcomes in over 40-year-old patients.

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    Khakshoor, Hamid; Razavi, Fatemeh; Eslampour, Alireza; Omdtabrizi, Arash

    2015-02-01

    Keratoconus is a contraindication for photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). In the recent decade, some efforts have been made to perform PRK in patients with keratoconus whose corneas are stable naturally or by doing corneal collagen crosslinking. These studies have suggested residual central corneal thickness (CCT) ≥450 μm. The aim was to evaluate the long-term outcomes of PRK in patients with mild to moderate keratoconus in patients older than 40 with residual CCT ≥ 400 μm. This prospective study was conducted in our Cornea Research Center, Mashhad, Iran. Patients over 40 years old, with a grade I/II keratoconus without progression in the last 2 years were recruited. Patients with a predicted postoperative CCT < 400 μm were excluded. PRK with tissue saving protocol was performed with Tecnolas 217 Z. Mitomycin-C was applied after ablation. The final endpoints were refraction parameters the last follow-up visit (mean: 35 months). Paired t-test and Chi-square were used for analysis. A total of 38 eyes of 21 patients were studied; 20 eyes (52.6%) with a grade I and 18 eyes (47.4%) with grade II keratoconus. The mean uncorrected visual acuity, best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), spherical equivalent, cylindrical power and keratometric readings were significantly improved at the final endpoint compared to preoperation measurements (P < 0.001). Two eyes (5%) lost two lines of BCVA at the final visit. No case of ectasia occurred during the follow-up course. PRK did not induce keratoconus progression in patients older than 40 with a grade I/II keratoconus. Residual CCT ≥ 450 μm seems to be sufficient to prevent the ectasia.

  4. Photorefractive keratectomy in mild to moderate keratoconus: Outcomes in over 40-year-old patients

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    Khakshoor, Hamid; Razavi, Fatemeh; Eslampour, Alireza; Omdtabrizi, Arash

    2015-01-01

    Background: Keratoconus is a contraindication for photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). In the recent decade, some efforts have been made to perform PRK in patients with keratoconus whose corneas are stable naturally or by doing corneal collagen crosslinking. These studies have suggested residual central corneal thickness (CCT) ≥450 μm. Aims: The aim was to evaluate the long-term outcomes of PRK in patients with mild to moderate keratoconus in patients older than 40 with residual CCT ≥ 400 μm. Settings and Design: This prospective study was conducted in our Cornea Research Center, Mashhad, Iran. Materials and Methods: Patients over 40 years old, with a grade I/II keratoconus without progression in the last 2 years were recruited. Patients with a predicted postoperative CCT < 400 μm were excluded. PRK with tissue saving protocol was performed with Tecnolas 217 Z. Mitomycin-C was applied after ablation. The final endpoints were refraction parameters the last follow-up visit (mean: 35 months). Paired t-test and Chi-square were used for analysis. Results: A total of 38 eyes of 21 patients were studied; 20 eyes (52.6%) with a grade I and 18 eyes (47.4%) with grade II keratoconus. The mean uncorrected visual acuity, best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), spherical equivalent, cylindrical power and keratometric readings were significantly improved at the final endpoint compared to preoperation measurements (P < 0.001). Two eyes (5%) lost two lines of BCVA at the final visit. No case of ectasia occurred during the follow-up course. Conclusions: PRK did not induce keratoconus progression in patients older than 40 with a grade I/II keratoconus. Residual CCT ≥ 450 μm seems to be sufficient to prevent the ectasia. PMID:25827548

  5. Four-year visual outcomes after photorefractive keratectomy in pilots with low-moderate myopia.

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    Moon, Chan Hee

    2016-02-01

    The photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is approved for Air Force pilots in several nations. The occupational environments of pilots in the Air Force are unique, including extremely high altitude, low oxygen tension, high ultraviolet light exposure and high G-force load. The short-term efficacy and safety of PRK for pilots are documented. However, the study for long-term visual and refractive outcomes of PRK in pilots is limited. To investigate the long-term visual and refractive outcomes in a 4-year follow-up period after PRK in pilots with low to moderate myopia. Thirty-eight eyes of 20 subjects that underwent PRK and recruited to Air Force pilot were evaluated preoperatively and at 3, 6, 12, 24, and 48 months postoperatively. The mean patient age was 21.42±0.75 years. The mean preoperative manifest refraction spherical equivalent (SE) was -1.51±1.15 diopters (D). At 4 years postoperatively, the mean SE was -0.29±0.51, 89.5% of eyes achieved 20/20 or better Snellen uncorrected visual acuity, 71.1% of eyes were within ±0.50 D of emmetropia. The refraction stabilised by 6 months and was maintained up to the 4-year follow-up stage. PRK for pilots with low to moderate myopia is safe and effective in the long term. High-altitude environmental stress exposure has no effect on the refractive stability after PRK. ROKAF-ASMC-2015-IRB-002. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/

  6. Comparison of analgesic effect of preoperative topical diclofenac and ketorolac on postoperative pain after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Hong, Jin Pyo; Nam, Sang Min; Im, Chan Young; Yoon, Sangchul; Kim, Tae-Im; Kim, Eung Kweon; Seo, Kyoung Yul

    2014-10-01

    To investigate changes in the pain-suppressing potency of 2 preoperatively applied topical nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) using a time-serial pain-scoring system. Saeyan Eye Center, Seoul, South Korea. Comparative case series. Ninety-four patients were randomly assigned to 2 groups: ketorolac group (ketorolac 0.5% in 1 eye and ofloxacin 0.3% in the other eye) and diclofenac group (diclofenac 0.1% in 1 eye and ofloxacin 0.3% in the other eye). One drop of each ophthalmic drug was applied 3 times to each eye 30 minutes before PRK. No other NSAID or steroid was prescribed until 4 days after PRK. The patients were asked to score the postoperative pain in each eye with a visual analog scale at 6, 18, 24, 36, 48, 72, and 96 hours. The natural peak of pain was located between 24 and 36 hours. Initially, the degree of pain reduction was constant for both NSAIDs; it dropped after 24 hours and 36 hours in the ketorolac group and the diclofenac group, respectively. The postoperative time-serial pattern of the pain score changed in the diclofenac group but not in the ketorolac group compared with the pattern in the ofloxacin-treated eye. The visual outcome was not affected by either NSAID, and significant complications were not noticed for a mean of 7 months. The duration and pattern of the action may vary according to types of NSAIDs. Preemptive topical diclofenac 0.1% was a safe and effective method for post-PRK pain control. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2014 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Comparison of early postoperative clinical outcomes of photorefractive keratectomy and lamellar epithelial debridement.

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    Youm, Dong Ju; Tchah, Hungwon; Choi, Chul Young

    2009-04-01

    To compare early postoperative clinical outcomes of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and lamellar epithelial debridement (LED). Department of Ophthalmology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul, Korea. This prospective study was of patients randomly assigned to have PRK or LED. In the LED group, an epithelial flap was created using an Amadeus II epikeratome. Postoperative follow-up was at 1, 3, and 7 days and 1, 3, and 6 months. The outcome parameters were uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), higher-order aberrations (HOAs), epithelial healing time, and corneal haze. The study comprised 39 patients (76 eyes). The mean preoperative spherical equivalent (SE) was -3.96 diopters (D) +/- 1.24 (SD) in the PRK group and -4.06 +/- 1.39 D in the LED group. Postoperative UCVA was significantly better in the LED group 1 day postoperatively. The UCVA was 20/20 or better in 14.6% in the PRK group and 42.9% in the LED group (P = .006); 20/25 or better in 41.5% and 82.9%, respectively (P = .000); and 20/40 or better in 80.5% and 100%, respectively (P = .006). On subsequent follow-up visits, the UCVA was comparable between groups. No eye lost lines of BCVA at 3 months. There was no difference between groups in postoperative SE refraction, HOAs, or corneal haze. Lamellar epithelial debridement and PRK had comparable safety and efficacy in the surgical correction of low to moderate myopia. The UCVA was significantly better after LED than after PRK 1 day postoperatively and equivalent thereafter.

  8. Comparison of Changes in Corneal Biomechanical Properties after Photorefractive Keratectomy and Small Incision Lenticule Extraction

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    Yıldırım, Yusuf; Ölçücü, Onur; Başcı, Abdurrahman; Ağca, Alper; Özgürhan, Engin Bilge; Alagöz, Cengiz; Demircan, Ali; Demirok, Ahmet

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: To compare the postoperative biomechanical properties of the cornea after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) in eyes with low and moderate myopia. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively examined 42 eyes of 23 patients undergoing PRK and 42 eyes of 22 patients undergoing SMILE for the correction of low and moderate myopia. Corneal hysteresis (CH) and corneal resistance factor (CRF) were measured with an Ocular Response Analyzer before and 6 months after surgery. We also investigated the relationship between these biomechanical changes and the amount of myopic correction. Results: In the PRK group, CH was 10.4±1.3 mmHg preoperatively and significantly decreased to 8.5±1.3 mmHg postoperatively. In the SMILE group, CH was 10.9±1.7 mmHg preoperatively and decreased to 8.4±1.5 mmHg postoperatively. CRF was significantly decreased from 10.8±1.1 mmHg to 7.4±1.5 mmHg in the PRK group whereas it was decreased from 11.1±1.5 mmHg to 7.9±1.6 mmHg in the SMILE group postoperatively. There was a significant correlation between the amount of myopic correction and changes in biomechanical properties after PRK (r=-0.29, p=0.045 for CH; r=-0.07, p=0.05 for CRF) and SMILE (r=-0.25, p=0.048 for CH; r=-0.37, p=0.011 for CRF). Conclusion: Both PRK and SMILE can affect the biomechanical strength of the cornea. SMILE resulted in larger biomechanical changes than PRK. PMID:27800259

  9. Two-step versus Single Application of Mitomycin-C in Photorefractive Keratectomy for High Myopia.

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    Fazel, Farhad; Roshani, Leila; Rezaei, Leila

    2012-01-01

    To evaluate the long-term outcomes of two-step versus single application of mitomycin-C (MMC) during photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for high myopia. This randomized clinical trial included consecutive patients with high myopia (exceeding 7 D). Patients underwent PRK and were randomized to two methods of MMC 0.02% application as follows: in the single application group, MMC was applied for 45 seconds followed by irrigation; in the two-step group MMC was used identically followed by repeat application for another 15 seconds and corneal surface irrigation. Visual acuity, refractive error, pachymetry, topography, corneal haze and complications were compared between the two groups 18 months after surgery. One hundred and forty patients (70 subjects in either study arm) underwent PRK according to the study protocol. Mean spherical equivalent refractive error was significantly reduced from baseline to -1.16±0.39 D in the single application group and to -1.07±0.39 D in the two-step group. Sixteen (11.5%) versus 8 (5.7%) eyes lost one or more line(s) of best corrected visual acuity in the single application group as compared to the two-step group (P=0.05). Corneal haze was observed in 18 (12.9%) and 8 (5.7%) eyes in the single application versus two-step group, respectively (P=0.04). Grade 3 corneal haze was not observed in the two-step group but occurred in five eyes (3.6%) in the single application group (P=0.03). No eyes developed corneal ectasia during the follow-up period. Two-step intraoperative application of MMC 0.02% in highly myopic eyes undergoing PRK can reduce the frequency and severity of haze formation.

  10. Corneal collagen cross-linking for ectasia after LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy: long-term results.

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    Richoz, Olivier; Mavrakanas, Nikolaos; Pajic, Bojan; Hafezi, Farhad

    2013-07-01

    To report the long-term results of corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) in ectasia after LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Retrospective, interventional cases series. Twenty-six eyes of 26 patients (18 male, 8 female) with postoperative ectasia after LASIK (23 eyes) and PRK (3 eyes) were included with a mean age of 35 ± 9 years at the time of treatment and a mean follow-up of 25 months (range, 12-62 months). All consecutive patients treated with CXL for progressive ectasia after LASIK or PRK at the Institute for Refractive and Ophthalmic Surgery, Zurich, Switzerland between 2004 and 2010 were included. Corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), maximum keratometry readings (K(max)), minimum radius of curvature (R(min)), and 6 corneal topography indices were assessed in this study. Mean CDVA before CXL was 0.5 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR) units, which improved to a mean of 0.3 logMAR units (P<0.001). Corrected distance visual acuity improved 1 line or more in 19 cases and remained unchanged in 7 patients. Mean K(max) after CXL of 50.9 ± 4.9 diopters (D) was significantly lower (P<0.001) than mean pre-CXL K(max) of 52.8 ± 5 D. The R(min) after CXL was increased significantly (P = 0.006), whereas the index of surface variance (P = 0.03), the index of vertical asymmetry (P = 0.04), the keratoconus index (P = 0.03), and the central keratoconus index (P = 0.016) were reduced significantly. Ectasia after LASIK and PRK was arrested by CXL with stabilization or improvement of CDVA and K(max) after a mean follow-up of 25 months. There were improvements in 4 topography indices, suggesting a more regular corneal surface. Copyright © 2013 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Corneal wound healing after photorefractive keratectomy: a 3-year confocal microscopy study.

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    Erie, Jay C

    2003-01-01

    PURPOSE: To perform a sequential quantitative analysis of corneal wound healing after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) by using confocal microscopy in vivo. METHODS: In a prospective, nonrandomized, comparative trial performed in an institutional setting, 24 eyes of 14 patients received PRK to correct refractive errors between -1.25 and -5.75 D. Central corneas were examined preoperatively and at 1 day, 5 days, and 1, 3, 6, 12, 24, and 36 months after PRK by using confocal microscopy. A masked observer randomly examined 3 to 6 confocal scans per eye per visit to determine epithelial and stromal thickness, keratocyte density in 5 anterior-posterior stromal layers, corneal nerve density in the subbasal region and the stroma, and corneal light backscattering (corneal haze). RESULTS: Epithelial thickness increased 21% (P < .001) by 12 months after PRK and thereafter remained unchanged to 36 months after PRK. There was no change in stromal thickness between 1 and 36 months after PRK (P = .35). The dense keratocyte population in the preoperative anterior 10% of the stroma (32,380 +/- 5,848 cells/mm3) that was partially or completely removed during photoablation was not reconstituted at 36 months in the anterior 10% of the post-PRK stroma (17,720 +/- 4,308 cells/mm3, P < .001). Subbasal nerve fiber bundle density was decreased 60% at 12 months after PRK (P < .001) before returning to densities at 24 and 36 months after PRK that were not significantly different from preoperative values (P = 1.0). Activated keratocytes and corneal haze peaked at 3 months after PRK. CONCLUSIONS: Wounding of the cornea by PRK alters the normal structure, cellularity, and innervation of the cornea for up to 36 months. PMID:14971584

  12. [Photorefractive keratectomy for correction of myopia--our one-year experience].

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    Resan, Mirko; Vukosavljević, Miroslav; Milivojević, Milorad

    2012-10-01

    Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), is commonly performed refractive surgical method worldwide. The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness and safety of PRK in correction of various strengths of myopia and to assess how much corneal tissue is being removed with one diopter sphere (Dsph) correction by using different optical zones (OZ). A prospective study with a follow-up period of 6 months included 55 patients of which 100 myopic eyes were treated by PRIK method (one eye was included in 10 patients). Myopic eyes with a preoperative best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) = 1.0 (20/20) were analysed. In order to assess the effectiveness of PRK operated myopic eyes were divided into four groups according to the dioptric power: (1) < or = -1.75 Dsph (n=26); 2) from -2 to -3.75 Dsph (n=44); 3) from -4 to -6.75 Dsph (n=23), and 4) > or = -7 Dsph (n=7). Myopic eyes with preoperative BCVA < or = 0.9 (amblyopic eyes) were excluded from the study, as well as eyes with astigmatism > -1.5 Dcyl. To assess the effectiveness of PRK we examined the percentage of eyes in the mentioned groups, which derived uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) 6 months after the intervention to the following: (a) UCVA = 1.0 (20/20) and (b) UCVA > or = 0.5 (20/40). To assess the safety of PRK we examined the frequency of intraoperative and postoperative complications. To estimate how much corneal tissue was removed with one Dsph correction by using different OZ, we used preoperative and postoperative (after 6 months) central pachymetry values expressed in microm and volume of cornea (central 7 mm) expressed in mm3. In that sense, we used only the myopic eyes with clear preoperative spherical refraction. The total number of these eyes was 27, of which 16 eyes were treated using a 6.5 mm OZ and 11 eyes using a 7 mm OZ. Refractive spherical equivalent (RSE) for all eyes was in the range from -0.75 to -8.75 Dsph, and preoperative mean value of RSE with

  13. Photorefractive keratectomy combined with corneal wavefront-guided and hyperaspheric ablation profiles to correct myopia.

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    Lee, Hun; Park, Si Yoon; Yong Kang, David Sung; Ha, Byoung Jin; Choi, Jin Young; Kim, Eung Kweon; Seo, Kyoung Yul; Kim, Tae-Im

    2016-06-01

    To evaluate the effects of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) combined with corneal wavefront-guided ablation profiles and hyperaspheric ablation profiles on changes in higher-order aberrations (HOAs). Yonsei University College of Medicine and Eyereum Clinic, Seoul, South Korea. Comparative observational case series. Medical records of patients who had corneal wavefront-guided hyperaspheric PRK, corneal wavefront-guided mild-aspheric PRK, or non-corneal wavefront-guided mild-aspheric PRK were analyzed. The logMAR uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), manifest refraction spherical equivalent (MRSE), and changes in corneal aberrations (root-mean-square [RMS] HOAs, spherical aberration, coma) were evaluated 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. The records of 61 patients (96 eyes) were reviewed. There was no statistically significant difference in logMAR UDVA or MRSE between the 3 groups at any timepoint. Corneal RMS HOAs were significantly smaller in the corneal wavefront-guided hyperaspheric group and the corneal wavefront-guided mild-aspheric group than in the noncorneal wavefront-guided mild-aspheric group at each timepoint. Corneal spherical aberration was significantly smaller for corneal wavefront-guided hyperaspheric PRK than for noncorneal wavefront-guided mild-aspheric PRK 6 months postoperatively. Changes in corneal spherical aberration (preoperatively and 6 months postoperatively) in corneal wavefront-guided hyperaspheric PRK were significantly smaller than in corneal wavefront-guided mild-aspheric PRK (P = .046). Corneal coma was significantly smaller with corneal wavefront-guided hyperaspheric PRK and corneal wavefront-guided mild-aspheric PRK than with noncorneal wavefront-guided mild-aspheric PRK 3 months and 6 months postoperatively. Corneal wavefront-guided hyperaspheric PRK induced less corneal spherical aberration 6 months postoperatively than corneal wavefront-guided mild-aspheric PRK and noncorneal wavefront-guided mild-aspheric PRK

  14. Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is Safe and Effective for Patients with Myopia and Thin Corneas

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    NADERI, Mostafa; GHADAMGAHI, Saeed; JADIDI, Khosrow

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term safety and efficacy of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for patients with myopia and thin corneas. In this retrospective case series, we included 74 eyes of 38 patients with myopia and central corneal thickness (CCT) < 550 µm who underwent PRK and had a mean postoperative follow-up period of four years. The following factors were evaluated: CCT, refraction, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), ablation depth, safety and efficacy indices (i.e., the ratio of the mean postoperative BCVA to the mean preoperative BCVA, and the ratio of the mean postoperative UCVA to mean preoperative the BCVA, respectively), and evidence of corneal ectasia (based on Orbscan topography images).The patients were aged 20 – 46 years (mean ±SD age, 28.18± 6.82 years). The mean ± SD pre- and postoperative CCTwas485.92 ± 9.27 µm and 434.84 ± 20.48 µm, respectively. The mean ± SD pre- and postoperative myopia was -2.77 D ± 1.51 and -0.24 ± 0.39 D, respectively, and the mean ± SD pre- and postoperative astigmatism was -0.82 D ± 0.99 and -0.37 ± 0.37 D, respectively. The mean pre- and postoperative BCVA and postoperative UCVA was 0.011 ± 0.03 Logarithm of the Minimum Angle of Resolution (log MAR), 0.003 ± 0.01 log MAR, and 0.054 ± 0.09 log MAR, respectively. The mean ± SD ablation depth, safety index and efficacy index was 54.34 ± 16.28 µm, 0.02 ± 0.12, and 0.11 ± 0.50, respectively. Regarding the postoperative corneal clarity, 72 eyes (97.3%) had a clear cornea (grade 0) and the remaining two eyes of one patient (2.70%) had a trace haze (grade 1). There was no evidence of corneal ectasia on any of the Orbscan topography images. Thus, among patients with myopia and thin corneas (<500 µm), PRK seems to be acceptable in terms of both safety and efficacy 4 years after surgery, based on the stability of postoperative refraction, visual acuity, and topographic outcomes, and outcomes based on

  15. How detrimental is eye movement during photorefractive keratectomy to the patient's postoperative vision?

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    Taylor, Natalie M.; van Saarloos, Paul P.; Eikelboom, Robert H.

    2000-06-01

    This study aimed to gauge the effect of the patient's eye movement during Photo Refractive Keratectomy (PRK) on post- operative vision. A computer simulation of both the PRK procedure and the visual outcome has been performed. The PRK simulation incorporated the pattern of movement of the laser beam to perform a given correction, the beam characteristics, an initial corneal profile, and an eye movement scenario; and generated the corrected corneal profile. The regrowth of the epithelium was simulated by selecting the smoothing filter which, when applied to a corrected cornea with no patient eye movement, produced similar ray tracing results to the original corneal model. Ray tracing several objects, such as letters of various contrast and sizes was performed to assess the quality of the post-operative vision. Eye movement scenarios included no eye movement, constant decentration and normally distributed random eye movement of varying magnitudes. Random eye movement of even small amounts, such as 50 microns reduces the contrast sensitivity of the image. Constant decentration decenters the projected image on the retina, and in extreme cases can lead to astigmatism. Eye movements of the magnitude expected during laser refractive surgery have minimal effect on the final visual outcome.

  16. A randomized, comparative study of fluorometholone 0.2% and fluorometholone 0.1% acetate after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Vetrugno, M; Quaranta, G M; Maino, A; Cardia, L

    2000-01-01

    To compare the efficacy and tolerance of fluorometholone 0.1% acetate and fluorometholone 0.2% eyedrops in the postoperative management of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). A randomised single-blind comparative study was performed on two groups of 30 patients who underwent myopic PRK. The first group was given fluorometholone 0.1% acetate and the second fluorometholone 0.2%. Uncorrected and best corrected visual acuity, haze, IOP and local tolerance were evaluated. Statistical analysis was done using parametric and non-parametric tests. Visual acuity did not differ in the two groups; both were homogeneous as far as refractive error and haze were concerned. Three patients (10%) treated with fluorometholone 0.2% and two patients (6.6%) with fluorometholone 0.1% acetate developed ocular hypertension, but this was not statistically significant. Fluorometholone 0.1% acetate was effective on inflammation after PRK, with the same efficacy as fluorometholone 0.2%.

  17. [The effect of tranilast on subepithelial corneal opacity after excimer laser keratectomy].

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    Sakai, T; Okamoto, S; Iwaki, Y

    1997-10-01

    Recent studies have reported that tranilast inhibited in vitro the proliferation of keratocytes from corneal subepithelial opacities (haze) and collagen synthesis in cultured corneas after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). In this study 0.5% tranilast eye drops, 0.1% betametazone phosphate eyedrops, and a 0.5% tranilast base solution (control) were administered four times daily to rabbits which had undergone PRK. Weekly evaluation of the inhibitory effect of these drugs on haze began two weeks after surgery according to Fantes' classification. 0.5% tranilast suppressed haze from six weeks to thirteen weeks after PRK (p < 0.05). 0.1% betametazone phosphate showed no effect. These results suggested that 0.5% tranilast had a satisfactory therapeutic effect on haze after PRK.

  18. Effects of nonsteroidal ophthalmic drops on epithelial healing and pain in patients undergoing bilateral photorefractive keratectomy (PRK).

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    Durrie, Daniel S; Kennard, Marla G; Boghossian, Allen J

    2007-01-01

    The present study, which was designed as a prospective, double-masked, randomized, controlled, single-site study, was conducted to compare the effects of 3 approved ophthalmic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs-nepafenac ophthalmic suspension 0.1% (Nevanac; Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Fort Worth, Tex), ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solution 0.4% (Acular LS; Allergan, Irvine, Calif), and bromfenac 0.09% (Xibromtrade mark; ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Irvine, Calif)-on corneal reepithelialization and postoperative pain control in patients undergoing photorefractive keratectomy. In addition to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, each patient received an antibiotic-moxifloxacin hydrochloride ophthalmic solution 0.5% (nepafenac group) or gatifloxacin ophthalmic solution 0.3% (ketorolac and bromfenac groups). All treatments were administered 3 times daily beginning 1 d preoperatively and continuing for 1 wk postoperatively; prednisolone acetate 1.0% was administered concurrently 4 times daily. Bandage contact lenses were replaced at each postoperative visit for corneal staining and epithelial defect grading. Self-evaluation of pain relief was recorded on postoperative days 1 and 3 with the use of a visual analog scale. A total of 29 patients (58 eyes) were enrolled and underwent bilateral custom photorefractive keratectomy. Mean time to reepithelialization was 5.50+/-1.59 d for the nepafenac 0.1% group, 5.62+/-1.23 d for the ketorolac 0.4% group, and 7.25+/-2.53 d for the bromfenac 0.09% group. A significant difference was detected between nepafenac 0.1% and bromfenac 0.09% and between ketorolac 0.4% and bromfenac 0.09% (P<.05). Significant reductions in pain scores were observed with nepafenac 0.1% on day 1 (-1.13) and day 3 (-1.32), ketorolac 0.4% on day 3 (-0.88), and bromfenac 0.09% on day 3 (-0.83). No adverse events were reported. Eyes treated with nepafenac 0.1% or ketorolac 0.4% achieved complete reepithelialization significantly faster than those treated with

  19. Comparison of the visual acuity after photorefractive keratectomy using Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study Chart and E-chart.

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    Ghorbanhosseini, Saeedeh; Hashemi, Hassan; Jafarzadehpur, Ebrahim; Yekta, Abbasali; Khabazkhoob, Mehdi

    2016-12-01

    To compare the visual responses of post refractive surgery's patients using Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study Chart (ETDRS) and E-chart with and without color filters. The uncorrected Logarithm of the Minimum Angle of Resolution Visual Acuity (LogMAR VA) of 70 patients with a mean age of 26.2 ± 3.76 years (from 19 to 34 years) who had undergone Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) (the range of post operation refractive error: ±0.5 D) was measured under the light conditions of with and without asymmetrical glare by using red, green, and yellow filters and ETDRS chart and E-chart. In both light conditions of with and without glare, the mean visual acuity of the three filters in the right and left eyes was significantly better with the E-chart versus the ETDRS chart (P < 0.0001). Only in the glare light condition, the mean visual acuity of the left eye showed no significant difference between the two charts using the red filter (P = 0.30). Visual acuity measurements were different with ETDRS chart and E-chart. These two charts cannot be used interchangeably.

  20. Perceived Pain During Photorefractive Keratectomy in the First Eye Operated on Compared to the Second

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    2017-01-10

    the First Eye Operated on Compared to the Second presented at/published to Military Refractive Surgerv Safety and Standards Symposium, CA, 10-12 Jan...8 new 59 MOW Form 3039 must be tutmtl8d ’°’ nNlew and approyal.) Perceived pain during photorcfractive keratcctomy in the first eye operated on...compared to the second 6. TlTl.E OF MATERIAL TO BE PVBUSHEO OR PRESENTED: Perceived pain during photorefractive keratcctomy in the first eye

  1. Label-free structural characterization of mitomycin C-modulated wound healing after photorefractive keratectomy by the use of multiphoton microscopy

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    Lo, Wen; Wang, Tsung-Jen; Chen, Wei-Liang; Hsueh, Chiu-Mei; Chen, Shean-Jen; Chen, Yang-Fang; Chou, Hsiu-Chu; Lin, Pi-Jung; Hu, Fung-Rong; Dong, Chen-Yuan

    2010-05-01

    We applied multiphoton autofluorescence (MAF) and second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy to monitor corneal wound healing after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Our results show that keratocyte activation can be observed by an increase in its MAF, while SHG imaging of corneal stroma can show the depletion of Bowman's layer after PRK and the reticular collagen deposition in the wound healing stage. Furthermore, quantification of the keratocyte activation and collagen deposition in conjunction with immunohistochemistry and histological images demonstrate the effectiveness of mitomycin C (MMC) in suppressing myofibroblast proliferation and collagen regeneration in the post-PRK wound healing process.

  2. Efficacy of Wavefront-guided Photorefractive Keratectomy with Iris Registration for Management of Moderate to High Astigmatism by Advanced Personalized Treatment Nomogram

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    Mohammadpour, Mehrdad; Hashemi, Hassan; Jabbarvand, Mahmoud; Rahmatnejad, Kamran; Sabet, Fatemeh Alsadat

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) using the advanced personalized treatment (APT) nomogram for correction of moderate to high astigmatism. Methods: This prospective interventional case series included 60 consecutive eyes of 30 patients undergoing wavefront-guided PRK (Zyoptix 217 Z100 excimer laser, Bausch & Lomb, Munich, Germany) using the APT nomogram and iris registration for myopic astigmatism. Mitomycin-C was applied intraoperatively in all eyes. Ophthalmic examination was performed preoperatively and 1, 3 and 6 months postoperatively. Results: Preoperatively, mean sphere was -1.68 ± 2.08 diopters (D), mean refractive astigmatism was -3.04 ± 1.05 D and mean spherical equivalent (SE) was -3.12 ± 1.77 D. Six months postoperatively, mean sphere was + 0.60 ± 0.64 D (P < 0.005), mean cylinder was -0.43 ± 0.46 D (P < 0.005) and mean SE was + 0.28 ± 0.48 D (P < 0.005). Hyperopic overcorrection (≥ +1.0 D) occurred in 3 (5%) eyes. Postoperatively, root mean square (RMS) of higher order aberrations (HOAs) was significantly increased (P = 0.041). RMS of spherical aberration (Z [4, 0]) showed no significant change after surgery (P = 0.972). Conclusion: Considering the acceptable residual refractive error, low rate of hyperopic overcorrection, acceptable uncorrected visual acuity, and low risk of postoperative corneal haze, PRK using the APT nomogram with iris registration and mitomycin-C use is a safe and effective modality for treatment of moderate to high astigmatism. PMID:27413491

  3. Evaluation of the prophylactic use of mitomycin-C to inhibit haze formation after photorefractive keratectomy in high myopia: a prospective clinical study

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    Hashemi, Hassan; Taheri, Seied Mohammad Reza; Fotouhi, Akbar; Kheiltash, Azita

    2004-01-01

    Background To study the effect of prophylactic application of mitomycin-C on haze formation in photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for high myopia. Methods Fifty-four eyes of 28 myopic patients were enrolled in this prospective study. All eyes were operated by PRK followed by 0.02% mitomycin-C application for two minutes and washed with 20 ml normal saline afterwards. All eyes were examined thoroughly on the first 7 days and one month after surgery; 48 eyes (88.9%) at 3 and 6 months postoperatively. Hanna grading (in the scale of 0 to 4+) was used for assessment of corneal haze. Results The mean spherical equivalent refraction (SE) was -7.08 diopters (D) ± 1.11 (SD) preoperatively. Six months after surgery, 37 eyes (77.1%) achieved an uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) of 20/20 or better, all eyes had a UCVA of 20/40 or better and 45 (93.7%) eyes had an SE within ± 1.00D. One month postoperatively, 2 eyes (3.7%) had grade 0.5+ of haze, while at 3 and 6 months after surgery no visited eye had haze at all. All eyes had a best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 20/40 or better and there were no lost lines in BCVA by 6 months after surgery. In spatial frequencies of 6 and 12 cycles per degree contrast sensitivity had decreased immediately after PRK and it had increased 1.5 lines by the 6th postoperative month compared to the preoperative data. Conclusions The results show the efficacy of mitomycin-C in preventing corneal haze after treatment of high myopia with PRK. This method- PRK + mitomycin-C – can be considered an alternative treatment for myopic patients whose corneal thicknesses are inadequate for laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). However, the results should be confirmed in longer follow-ups. PMID:15363107

  4. Military target task performance after wavefront-guided (WFG) and wavefront-optimized (WFO) photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

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    Maurer, Tana; Deaver, Dawne; Howell, Christopher; Moyer, Steve; Nguyen, Oanh; Mueller, Greg; Ryan, Denise; Sia, Rose K.; Stutzman, Richard; Pasternak, Joseph; Bower, Kraig

    2014-06-01

    Major decisions regarding life and death are routinely made on the modern battlefield, where visual function of the individual soldier can be of critical importance in the decision-making process. Glasses in the combat environment have considerable disadvantages: degradation of short term visual performance can occur as dust and sweat accumulate on lenses during a mission or patrol; long term visual performance can diminish as lenses become increasingly scratched and pitted; during periods of intense physical trauma, glasses can be knocked off the soldier's face and lost or broken. Although refractive surgery offers certain benefits on the battlefield when compared to wearing glasses, it is not without potential disadvantages. As a byproduct of refractive surgery, elevated optical aberrations can be induced, causing decreases in contrast sensitivity and increases in the symptoms of glare, halos, and starbursts. Typically, these symptoms occur under low light level conditions, the same conditions under which most military operations are initiated. With the advent of wavefront aberrometry, we are now seeing correction not only of myopia and astigmatism but of other, smaller optical aberrations that can cause the above symptoms. In collaboration with the Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program and Research Center (WRESP-RC) at Fort Belvoir and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), the overall objective of this study is to determine the impact of wavefront guided (WFG) versus wavefront-optimized (WFO) photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) on military task visual performance. Psychophysical perception testing was conducted before and after surgery to measure each participant's performance regarding target detection and identification using thermal imagery. The results are presented here.

  5. Reducing peak corneal haze after photorefractive keratectomy in rabbits: Prednisolone acetate 1.00% versus cyclosporine A 0.05%

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    Nien, Chyong Jy; Flynn, Kevin J.; Chang, Melissa; Brown, Donald; Jester, James V.

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE To compare the effects of topical cyclosporine A 0.05% (Restasis) with those of prednisolone acetate 1.00% (Pred Forte) on corneal haze after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). SETTING Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California, Irvine–Orange, California, USA. DESIGN Experimental study. METHODS After −9.00 diopter PRK, 15 rabbits were divided into 3 groups and treated for 4 weeks with prednisolone acetate 1.00% or cyclosporine A 0.05% or neither (control). Corneal haze was measured by in vivo confocal microscopy preoperatively and 2, 4, 6, 8, and 12 weeks postoperatively. At 12 weeks, the corneas were evaluated for collagen organization by ex vivo 2-photon second-harmonic generation and stromal cell density. RESULTS Corneal haze was significantly less in the prednisolone acetate group than in the cyclosporine and control groups during the first 6 weeks postoperatively (P < .02). At 8 weeks, there was no significant difference between the 3 groups. There was no significant difference in haze between the cyclosporine group and control group at any time. The stroma was also significantly thinner in the prednisolone acetate group than in the other groups for the first 4 weeks postoperatively (P < .02). Second-harmonic generation scar thickness measurements at 12 weeks were not significantly different between the groups, although the prednisolone acetate group tended to have lower stromal cell density. CONCLUSION Cyclosporine A 0.05% had no effect on wound healing after PRK, while prednisolone acetate 1.00% significantly reduced peak corneal haze but had no effect on long-term corneal haze after discontinuation of the drug. PMID:21406325

  6. Randomized dose-response analysis of mitomycin-C to prevent haze after photorefractive keratectomy for high myopia.

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    Hofmeister, Elizabeth M; Bishop, Frank M; Kaupp, Sandor E; Schallhorn, Steven C

    2013-09-01

    To evaluate the safety and efficacy of mitomycin-C (MMC) 0.01% (0.1 mg/mL) in preventing haze formation after wavefront-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for higher myopia at 3 exposures. United States Navy Refractive Surgery Center, San Diego, California, USA. Double-masked randomized prospective trial. Sixty-, 30-, and 15-second exposures of MMC 0.01% were compared in wavefront-guided PRK for higher myopia. One eye received MMC (surgical sponge) and the other a placebo. All eyes received a 4-month tapering postoperative topical steroid regimen. Endothelial cell densities, haze scores, high- and low-contrast acuities, and manifest refraction were measured preoperatively and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. Outcomes were analyzed as repeated measures over time. The mean preoperative manifest refraction spherical equivalent was -5.98 diopters (D) (range -4.4 to -8.0 D). No eye developed more than trace haze. There was a significant difference in haze scores between MMC-treated eyes and untreated eyes at 1 and 3 months (P=.034) but no difference at 6 and 12 months. Endothelial cell densities decreased in the treated eyes and untreated eyes at all 3 exposures at 1 month but returned to baseline by 6 months. There was no difference in acuities or refractions with or without MMC. Mitomycin-C may not be needed to prevent haze after modern PRK with a 4-month steroid taper. There was no clinically significant difference in haze formation between MMC eyes and control eyes at the concentration and exposures used. Copyright © 2013 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Validity of Tono-pachymetry for Measuring Corrected Intraocular Pressure in Non-surgical and Post-photorefractive Keratectomy Eyes

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    Hahn, In Kyun; Kim, Jae Yong; Kim, Myoung Joon; Tchah, Hungwon

    2017-01-01

    Purpose To assess the validity of central corneal thickness (CCT) and corrected intraocular pressure (IOP) values obtained by tono-pachymetry in non-surgical and post-photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) eyes. Methods For the study, 108 young healthy participants and 108 patients who had PRK were enrolled. Measurements were randomly performed by tono-pachymetry, ultrasonic (US) pachymetry, and Goldmann applanation tonometry (GAT). CCT measurement by tono-pachymetry was compared to that of US pachymetry. The corrected IOP value obtained by tono-pachymetry was compared to that obtained by US pachymetry and GAT. The corrected IOP from US pachymetry and GAT was calculated using the identical compensation formula built into the tono-pachymetry. Bland-Altman plot and paired t-test were conducted to evaluate the between-method agreements. Results The mean CCT measurement using tono-pachymetry was significantly greater by 7.3 µm in non-surgical eyes (p < 0.001) and 17.8 µm in post-PRK eyes (p < 0.001) compared with US pachymetry. Differences were significant in both Bland-Altman plotand paired t-test. The mean difference of corrected IOP values obtained by tono-pachymetry and calculated from measurements by US pachymetry and GAT was 0.33 ± 0.87 mmHg in non-surgical eyes and 0.57 ± 1.08 mmHg in post-PRK eyes. The differences in the Bland-Altman plot were not significant. Conclusions The CCT measurement determined using tono-pachymetrywas significantly thicker than that of US pachymetry. The difference in CCT was greater in post-PRK eyes than in non-surgical eyes. However, the corrected IOP value obtained by tono-pachymetry showed reasonable agreement with that calculated from US pachymetry and GAT measurements. PMID:28243023

  8. [A preliminary report of epikeratophakia combined with two-stage photorefractive keratectomy in the treatment of keratoconus].

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    Xie, Li-xin; Gao, Hua

    2007-03-01

    To study the clinical results of epikeratophakia (EP) combined two-stage photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in the treatment of keratoconus. (1) Admission criteria for EP included: Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was no more than 0.3, keratoconus patients without scar in the central cornea could not tolerance the rigid gas permeable contact lens and corneal curvature was no more than 60.0 D. Criteria for the PRK included cornea astigmatism stable within 0.5 D for at least 3 months after EP, patient's age was 18 years or older, and absence of ocular disease, such as glaucoma or dry eye. (2) SURGICAL TREATMENT: EP surgery was performed and then followed by PRK at the second stage. (3) Postoperative follow up: Postoperative follow up included the examination of vision, corneal curvature, complications and immune rejection. Eight patients (10 eyes) received PRK after EP. BCVA was 0.3 - 0.5 in 1 eye and >or= 0.5 in 9 eyes in 12 - 18 months after EP. BCVA was >or= 0.5 in all eyes 12 months after PRK and 5 eyes obtained a BCVA of 1.0. The mean corneal astigmatism was (7.3 +/- 1.8) D before EP surgery, (3.8 +/- 1.6) D 12 - 18 months after EP, and (1.6 +/- 0.9) D after PRK. All grafts remained clear and no immune rejection was found after EP. 0.5 degree haze was observed in 1 eye, and no recurrence of keratoconus was found after PRK during the follow up period. secondary glaucoma (with disappearance of the anterior chamber) occurred in one eye 6 hours after EP surgery, and symptoms disappeared after reconstruction of the anterior chamber. The sutures were loosened in one cornea during the first 3 months after EP, it was corrected by resuture. EP combined with two-stage PRK is an effective method in treatment of keratoconus.

  9. Influence of a Therapeutic Soft Contact Lens on Epithelial Healing, Visual Recovery, Haze, and Pain After Photorefractive Keratectomy.

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    Taneri, Suphi; Oehler, Saskia; MacRae, Scott; Dick, H Burkhard

    2016-08-30

    To examine the influence of a therapeutic soft contact lens (TSCL) after alcohol-assisted photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) on visual recovery, epithelial closure, pain perception, and haze formation. Prospective, randomized, single-center, contralateral eye, patient-masked study. Same surgeon treated 15 patients with bilateral PRK using a Vidaurri Fluid Retention Ring (Katena) with 8.7 mm inner diameter to apply ethanol 18% for 30 sec. Each patient received a TSCL (Balafilcon A, PureVision, Bausch & Lomb) in a randomized fashion in one eye only. Without knowing which eye had a contact lens, four patients preferred the eye with TSCL so much that these patients wanted a TSCL inserted in the second eye as well. Uncorrected distance visual acuity improved postoperatively from day 1 to 3 months from 0.61 to 1.18 with TSCL and from 0.21 to 1.04 without TSCL. Uncorrected distance visual acuity was statistically significantly better on days 1 and 2 with TSCL. Epithelial defect was on average smaller with TSCL. Epithelium was closed at day 4 in all eyes except one without TSCL. Pain perception was significantly lower with TSCL on days 1 and 2. Haze levels after 3 months were significantly lower with TSCL (with 0.09/without 0.45, respectively). One eye without TSCL had haze grade 2 (Fantes). A TSCL had statistically significantly and clinically meaningful beneficial effects in the first days in visual recovery and pain perception and after 3 months in haze formation. Epithelial healing was slightly quicker with the use of TSCLs (not statistically, but clinically significantly).

  10. Wavefront-Guided Photorefractive Keratectomy with the Use of a New Hartmann-Shack Aberrometer in Patients with Myopia and Compound Myopic Astigmatism

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    Schallhorn, Steven C.; Venter, Jan A.; Hannan, Stephen J.; Hettinger, Keith A.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To assess refractive and visual outcomes and patient satisfaction of wavefront-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in eyes with myopia and compound myopic astigmatism, with the ablation profile derived from a new Hartmann-Shack aberrometer. Methods. In this retrospective study, 662 eyes that underwent wavefront-guided PRK with a treatment profile derived from a new generation Hartmann-Shack aberrometer (iDesign aberrometer, Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., Santa Ana, CA) were analyzed. The preoperative manifest sphere ranged from −0.25 to −10.75 D, and preoperative manifest cylinder was between 0.00 and −5.25 D. Refractive and visual outcomes, vector analysis of the change in refractive cylinder, and patient satisfaction were evaluated. Results. At 3 months, 91.1% of eyes had manifest spherical equivalent within 0.50 D. The percentage of eyes achieving uncorrected distance visual acuity 20/20 or better was 89.4% monocularly and 96.5% binocularly. The mean correction ratio of refractive cylinder was 1.02 ± 0.43, and the mean error of angle was 0.00 ± 14.86° at 3 months postoperatively. Self-reported scores for optical side effects, such as starburst, glare, halo, ghosting, and double vision, were low. Conclusion. The use of a new Hartmann-Shack aberrometer for wavefront-guided photorefractive keratectomy resulted in high predictability, efficacy, and patient satisfaction. PMID:26504595

  11. Early outcomes after small incision lenticule extraction and photorefractive keratectomy for correction of high myopia

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    Chan, Tommy C. Y.; Yu, Marco C. Y.; Ng, Alex; Wang, Zheng; Cheng, George P. M.; Jhanji, Vishal

    2016-01-01

    We prospectively compared visual and refractive outcomes in patients with high myopia and myopic astigmatism after small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) and photorefractive keratetctomy (PRK) with mitomycin C. Sixty-six eyes of 33 patients (mean age, 29.7 ± 5.6 years) were included (SMILE: 34 eyes, PRK 32 eyes). Preoperatively, no significant difference was noted in manifest spherical equivalent (p = 0.326), manifest sphere (p = 0.277), and manifest cylinder (p = 0.625) between both groups. At 1 month, there were significant differences in logMAR uncorrected distance visual acuity, efficacy index and manifest refraction spherical equivalent between SMILE and PRK (p ≤ 0.029). At 6 months, the logMAR corrected distance visual acuity (p = 0.594), logMAR uncorrected visual acuity (p = 0.452), efficacy index (p = 0.215) and safety index was (p = 0.537) was comparable between SMILE and PRK. Significant differences were observed in postoperative manifest spherical equivalent (p = 0.044) and manifest cylinder (p = 0.014) between both groups. At the end of 6 months, 100% of the eyes in SMILE group and 69% of the eyes in PRK group were within ±0.50 D of the attempted cylindrical correction. The postoperative difference vector, magnitude of error and absolute angle of error were significantly smaller after SMILE compared to PRK (p ≤ 0.040) implying a trend towards overcorrection of cylindrical correction following PRK. PMID:27601090

  12. Early outcomes after small incision lenticule extraction and photorefractive keratectomy for correction of high myopia.

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    Chan, Tommy C Y; Yu, Marco C Y; Ng, Alex; Wang, Zheng; Cheng, George P M; Jhanji, Vishal

    2016-09-07

    We prospectively compared visual and refractive outcomes in patients with high myopia and myopic astigmatism after small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) and photorefractive keratetctomy (PRK) with mitomycin C. Sixty-six eyes of 33 patients (mean age, 29.7 ± 5.6 years) were included (SMILE: 34 eyes, PRK 32 eyes). Preoperatively, no significant difference was noted in manifest spherical equivalent (p = 0.326), manifest sphere (p = 0.277), and manifest cylinder (p = 0.625) between both groups. At 1 month, there were significant differences in logMAR uncorrected distance visual acuity, efficacy index and manifest refraction spherical equivalent between SMILE and PRK (p ≤ 0.029). At 6 months, the logMAR corrected distance visual acuity (p = 0.594), logMAR uncorrected visual acuity (p = 0.452), efficacy index (p = 0.215) and safety index was (p = 0.537) was comparable between SMILE and PRK. Significant differences were observed in postoperative manifest spherical equivalent (p = 0.044) and manifest cylinder (p = 0.014) between both groups. At the end of 6 months, 100% of the eyes in SMILE group and 69% of the eyes in PRK group were within ±0.50 D of the attempted cylindrical correction. The postoperative difference vector, magnitude of error and absolute angle of error were significantly smaller after SMILE compared to PRK (p ≤ 0.040) implying a trend towards overcorrection of cylindrical correction following PRK.

  13. Masked comparison of silicone hydrogel lotrafilcon A and etafilcon A extended-wear bandage contact lenses after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Engle, Andrew T; Laurent, John M; Schallhorn, Steven C; Toman, Steven D; Newacheck, James S; Tanzer, David J; Tidwell, James L

    2005-04-01

    To compare the efficacy of 2 types of bandage contact lenses (BCLs) after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Navy Refractive Surgery Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, California, USA. In this prospective study, 100 patients received PRK in both eyes. Each patient received a BCL composed of etafilcon A (Acuvue [ACV], Vistakon Inc.) (14.0 diameter, 8.4/8.8 base curve) in 1 eye and lotrafilcon A (Focus Night & Day [N&D], Ciba Vision) (13.8 diameter, 8.4/8.6 base curve) in the fellow eye. The patient was masked to the lens type in each eye. The postoperative medication regimen was the same with both lenses. The epithelial defect size and subjective level of discomfort were measured at surgery and daily after surgery until both eyes had reepithelialized and the lenses were removed. The mean epithelial defect size at surgery was similar with both BCLs (ACV 57.07 mm(2) and N&D 57.53 mm(2); P=.422). On postoperative days 1 and 2, the mean defect size was significantly smaller in eyes with the N&D lens (day 1, ACV 21.53 and N&D 18.74; day 2, ACV 3.62 and N&D 2.12) (paired t test, P<.001). On day 1, no eye had completely reepithelialized; on day 2, 20 eyes with N&D lenses and 13 eyes with ACV lenses had. On day 3, 70 eyes with N&D lenses and 66 eyes with ACV lenses had reepithelialized. The mean discomfort index was significantly higher in the eyes with ACV lenses on days 1 and 2 (paired t test, P<.001 and P<.002, respectively). Topical nonpreserved tetracaine was used significantly more often in eyes with ACV lenses on days 1, 2, and 3 (paired t test, P<.001, P<.008, P<.003, respectively). No correlation between the use of tetracaine in the first 24 hours and the rate of reepithelialization was noted (R(2)=0.0025 for ACV and R(2)=0.0003 for N&D). The lotrafilcon A lens resulted in significantly faster corneal reepithelialization and reduced patient discomfort in most patients during the first 48 hours after PRK.

  14. Excimer laser superficial keratectomy for proud nebulae in keratoconus.

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    Moodaley, L; Liu, C; Woodward, E G; O'Brart, D; Muir, M K; Buckley, R

    1994-01-01

    Contact lens intolerance in keratoconus may be due to the formation of a proud nebula at or near the apex of the cone. Excimer laser superficial keratectomy was performed as an outpatients with proud nebulae as treatment patients with proud nebulae as treatment for their contact lens intolerance. The mean period of contact lens wear before the development of intolerance was 13.4 years (range 2 to 27 years). Following the development of intolerance, three patients abandoned contact lens wear in the affected eye while the remainder experienced a reduction in comfortable wearing time (mean = 3.75 hours; range: 0-14 hours). All patients had good potential Snellen visual acuity with a contact lens of 6/9 (nine eyes) and 6/12 (one eye). The proud nebulae were directly ablated with a 193 nm ArF excimer laser using a 1 mm diameter beam. Between 100-150 pulses were sufficient to ablate the raised area. Patients experienced no pain during the procedure and reported minimal discomfort postoperatively. In all cases flattening of the proud nebulae was achieved. Seven patients were able to resume regular contact lens wear (mean wearing time = 10.17 hours; range 8 to 16 hours). In three patients, resumption of contact lens wear was unsuccessful because of cone steepness. All patients achieved postoperative Snellen visual acuity of 6/12 or better with a contact lens. Four patients experienced a loss of one line in Snellen acuity. The mean follow up period was 8.3 months (range 2 to 17 months). Excimer laser superficial keratectomy is a useful technique for the treatment of contact lens intolerance caused by proud nebulae in patients with keratoconus. Penetrating keratoplasty is thus avoided. Images PMID:8060928

  15. Excimer laser superficial keratectomy for proud nebulae in keratoconus.

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    Moodaley, L; Liu, C; Woodward, E G; O'Brart, D; Muir, M K; Buckley, R

    1994-06-01

    Contact lens intolerance in keratoconus may be due to the formation of a proud nebula at or near the apex of the cone. Excimer laser superficial keratectomy was performed as an outpatients with proud nebulae as treatment patients with proud nebulae as treatment for their contact lens intolerance. The mean period of contact lens wear before the development of intolerance was 13.4 years (range 2 to 27 years). Following the development of intolerance, three patients abandoned contact lens wear in the affected eye while the remainder experienced a reduction in comfortable wearing time (mean = 3.75 hours; range: 0-14 hours). All patients had good potential Snellen visual acuity with a contact lens of 6/9 (nine eyes) and 6/12 (one eye). The proud nebulae were directly ablated with a 193 nm ArF excimer laser using a 1 mm diameter beam. Between 100-150 pulses were sufficient to ablate the raised area. Patients experienced no pain during the procedure and reported minimal discomfort postoperatively. In all cases flattening of the proud nebulae was achieved. Seven patients were able to resume regular contact lens wear (mean wearing time = 10.17 hours; range 8 to 16 hours). In three patients, resumption of contact lens wear was unsuccessful because of cone steepness. All patients achieved postoperative Snellen visual acuity of 6/12 or better with a contact lens. Four patients experienced a loss of one line in Snellen acuity. The mean follow up period was 8.3 months (range 2 to 17 months). Excimer laser superficial keratectomy is a useful technique for the treatment of contact lens intolerance caused by proud nebulae in patients with keratoconus. Penetrating keratoplasty is thus avoided.

  16. Punctate keratopathy of West Indians in patients undergoing photorefractive surgery

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    Galvis, Virgilio; Tello, Alejandro; Revelo, Mario L; Paredes, David; Jaramillo, Luis Carlos

    2013-01-01

    We present two cases of patients with corneal lesions compatible with punctate keratopathy of West Indians who underwent photorefractive keratectomy and laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. Both had good postoperative results. The corneal lesions did not interfere with the refractive surgery. PMID:23355587

  17. Effect of the combination of basic fibroblast growth factor and cysteine on corneal epithelial healing after photorefractive keratectomy in patients affected by myopia

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    Meduri, Alessandro; Scorolli, Lucia; Scalinci, Sergio Zaccaria; Grenga, Pier Luigi; Lupo, Stefano; Rechichi, Miguel; Meduri, Enrico

    2014-01-01

    Background: This study sought to evaluate the effect of basic fibroblast growth factor eye drops and cysteine oral supplements on corneal healing in patients treated with photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty patients treated bilaterally with PRK for myopia were enrolled at one of two eye centers (Clinica Santa Lucia, Bologna, Italy and Department of Ophthalmology, University of Magna Graecia, Catanzaro, Italy) and were treated at the former center. Sixty patients included in the study group (Group 1) were treated postoperatively with topical basic fibroblast growth factor plus oral L-cysteine supplements, whereas 60 subjects included in the control group (Group 2) received basic fibroblast growth factor eye drops. We recorded the rate of corneal re-epithelialization and patients were followed-up every 30 days for 6 months. Statistical analyses were performed on the collected data. Results: The eyes in Group 1 demonstrated complete re-epithelialization at Day 5, whereas the eyes in Group 2 achieved this status on Day 6. No side-effects were reported. Conclusions: Patients treated with basic fibroblast growth factor eye drops and L-cysteine oral supplements benefit from more rapid corneal re-epithelialization. In human eyes, this combination treatment appeared to be safe and effective in accelerating corneal surfacing after surgery. Financial Disclosure: No author has any financial or proprietary interest in any material or method used in this study. Trial Registration: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN73824458. PMID:24145571

  18. The variant N363S of glucocorticoid receptor in steroid-induced ocular hypertension in Hungarian patients treated with photorefractive keratectomy

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    Borgulya, Gábor; Filkorn, Tamás; Majnik, Judit; Bányász, Ilona; Nagy, Zoltán Zsolt

    2007-01-01

    Purpose Variation in sensitivity to glucocorticoids observed in healthy population is influenced by genetic polymorphisms of the glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1). N363S, ER22/23EK, and Bcl I have been previously described as glucocorticoid-sensitivity modulating polymorphisms. We investigated whether these variants may contribute to steroid-induced ocular hypertension and if they play a role as protective or risk factors during exogenous glucocorticoid administration. Methods We examined 102 patients who underwent photorefractive keratectomy and received topical steroids (either fluorometholone 0.1% or prednisolone acetate 0.5% alone or combined) as part of postoperative therapy. The choice of steroid depended on course of wound healing and regression. Variations in intraocular pressure (IOP) levels in response to steroid therapy were observed. To genotype DNA, allele-specific PCR amplification was applied for the N363S polymorphism, and PCR-based restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis was performed to examine the Bcl I and the ER22/23EK polymorphisms. We separately analyzed data from three groups of patients: those who received fluorometholone only; those who were initially given fluorometholone then later switched to prednisolone acetate; and those who received prednisolone acetate only. Covariance analysis with forward stepwise variable selection was carried out. Results In cases where prednisolone acetate was administered, we found a significant correlation between N363S heterozygosity and steroid-induced ocular hypertension. ER22/23EK and Bcl I polymorphisms do not have a major influence on the risk of developing steroid-induced ocular hypertension. Conclusions Genotyping of high risk steroid responders may allow an individual therapy to avoid steroid-induced ocular hypertension. The N363S polymorphism may have a clinical significance in the future. PMID:17563720

  19. The variant N363S of glucocorticoid receptor in steroid-induced ocular hypertension in Hungarian patients treated with photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Szabó, Viktória; Borgulya, Gábor; Filkorn, Tamás; Majnik, Judit; Bányász, Ilona; Nagy, Zoltán Zsolt

    2007-04-27

    Variation in sensitivity to glucocorticoids observed in healthy population is influenced by genetic polymorphisms of the glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1). N363S, ER22/23EK, and Bcl I have been previously described as glucocorticoid-sensitivity modulating polymorphisms. We investigated whether these variants may contribute to steroid-induced ocular hypertension and if they play a role as protective or risk factors during exogenous glucocorticoid administration. We examined 102 patients who underwent photorefractive keratectomy and received topical steroids (either fluorometholone 0.1% or prednisolone acetate 0.5% alone or combined) as part of postoperative therapy. The choice of steroid depended on course of wound healing and regression. Variations in intraocular pressure (IOP) levels in response to steroid therapy were observed. To genotype DNA, allele-specific PCR amplification was applied for the N363S polymorphism, and PCR-based restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis was performed to examine the Bcl I and the ER22/23EK polymorphisms. We separately analyzed data from three groups of patients: those who received fluorometholone only; those who were initially given fluorometholone then later switched to prednisolone acetate; and those who received prednisolone acetate only. Covariance analysis with forward stepwise variable selection was carried out. In cases where prednisolone acetate was administered, we found a significant correlation between N363S heterozygosity and steroid-induced ocular hypertension. ER22/23EK and Bcl I polymorphisms do not have a major influence on the risk of developing steroid-induced ocular hypertension. Genotyping of high risk steroid responders may allow an individual therapy to avoid steroid-induced ocular hypertension. The N363S polymorphism may have a clinical significance in the future.

  20. Effect of Photorefractive Keratectomy on Optic Nerve Head Topography and Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness Measured by Heidelberg Retina Tomograph 3

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    Nilforushan, Naveed; Azadi, Pejvak; Soudi, Reza; Shaheen, Yahya; Sheibani, Kourosh

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To determine whether photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) has a significant effect on optic nerve head (ONH) parameters and peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness measured by the Heidelberg Retina Tomograph 3 (Heidelberg Engineering GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany) in eyes with low to moderate myopia. Methods: This prospective, interventional case series, includes 43 consecutive myopic eyes which were assessed on the day of PRK and 3 months postoperatively using the HRT3. Among the stereometric parameters, we compared disc area, linear cup disc ratio, cup shape measure, global rim area, global rim volume, RNFL height variation contour and mean RNFL thickness; out of the Glaucoma Probability Score (GPS) we assessed changes in global value, rim steepness temporal/superior, and temporal/inferior, as well as cup size and cup depth before and after PRK. Results: Mean refractive error before and after PRK were −3.24 ± 1.31 and −0.20 ± 0.42 diopters, respectively. No significant change occurred in disc area, linear cup disc ratio, cup shape measure, rim area and rim volume among the stereometric parameters; and in rim steepness temporal/superior and rim steepness temporal/inferior in the GPS before and after PRK using the default average keratometry. However, RNFL height variation contour, mean RNFL thickness, and cup size and depth were significantly altered after PRK (P < 0.05). Conclusion: PRK can affect some HRT3 parameters. Although the most important stereometric parameters for differentiating normal, suspect or glaucomatous patients such as rim and cup measurements in stereometric parameters were not changed. PMID:27413492

  1. Effect of topical immunomodulatory interleukin 1 receptor antagonist therapy on corneal healing in New Zealand white rabbits (Oryctolagus cunniculus) after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Davies, Brett W; Panday, Vasudha; Caldwell, Matthew; Scribbick, Frank; Reilly, Charles D

    2011-07-01

    To compare topical interleukin 1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) to steroid treatment following photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in rabbit eyes. Our study is a randomized, investigator-masked study that was approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Following standard PRK, 48 eyes of 24 rabbits were divided into 5 arms: 4 treatment arms and 1 control arm. The right eye of each rabbit served as the treatment eye, and the left eye served as a control. Eyes in treatment arms were randomized to receive either fluorometholone, 0.1%, 4 times a day (Falcon, Fort Worth, Texas), or 2.5, 1.25, or 0.25 mg of IL-1ra 4 times a day. Control eyes received only moxifloxacin hydrochloride, 0.5% (Vigamox; Alcon, Fort Worth, Texas), and a solution of polyethylene glycol 400, 0.4%, and propylene glycol, 0.3% (Systane; Alcon), 4 times a day. Primary outcome measures included weekly evaluation of subjective haze formation and time to corneal reepithelization with clinic examinations, objective haze formation using Pentacam technology (Oculus, Lynnwood, Washington), as well as histological examination for haze thickness 7 weeks after PRK. There was no difference among treatment groups in time to reepithelization. The IL-1ra treatment groups showed a statistically significant reduction in haze formation (P < .001, determined by repeated-measures analysis of variance) on corneal evaluation using the Pentacam 3 weeks after PRK compared with the control group. This effect was comparable to that in the steroid treatment group. There was also a statistically significant effect of the treatment on subjective haze evaluation at weeks 4 and 5 (P < .05, determined by repeated-measures analysis of variance), but this effect lost statistical significance when the steroid group was excluded from the evaluation. In addition, there was no statistically significant difference in histologic evaluation of haze thickness among treatment groups (P = .997). Further studies are needed to

  2. Higher-order aberrations after iris-fixated foldable phakic intraocular lens implantation and wavefront-guided photorefractive keratectomy for the correction of myopia.

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    van Philips, Lucien A M

    2011-02-01

    To compare higher-order aberrations (HOAs) after foldable phakic intraocular lens (pIOL) implantation and wavefront-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for the correction of myopia. Department of Ophthalmology, Medisch Centrum Haaglanden, Den Haag, The Netherlands. Comparative case series. This retrospective comparative case series comprised eyes that had implantation of an Artiflex foldable pIOL or wavefront-guided PRK. Preoperative and postoperative refractive data, pupil diameter, endothelial cell density, and higher-order aberrations (HOAs) were measured and compared. The median follow-up was 13 months in the pIOL group and 10 months in the PRK group. The mean spherical equivalent (SE) in the pIOL group was -5.50 diopters (D) ± 1.05 (SD) (range -3.25 to -7.13 D) preoperatively and -0.26 ± 0.28 D (range -0.88 to 0.38 D) postoperatively and the mean in the PRK group, -5.72 ± 0.88 D (range -4.25 to -7.50 D) and -0.03 ± 0.42 D (range -0.75 to 1.00 D), respectively. The postoperative SE was within ±0.50 D in 86.4% of eyes and 85.2% of eyes, respectively. Postoperatively, the significant changes in the pIOL group and the PRK group, respectively, were as follows: total HOAs, 0.03 μm and 0.26 μm (P = .001); trefoil-y, 0.09 μm and -0.04 μm (P = .004); spherical aberration, -0.05 μm and 0.21 μm (P = .002). Foldable pIOL implantation increased total HOAs and spherical aberration less than wavefront-guided PRK to correct low to moderate myopia, suggesting foldable pIOL implantation maintains the cornea's prolate shape better. Copyright © 2011 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) versus laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for correcting myopia.

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    Kuryan, Jocelyn; Cheema, Anjum; Chuck, Roy S

    2017-02-15

    Near-sightedness, or myopia, is a condition in which light rays entering the eye along the visual axis focus in front of the retina, resulting in blurred vision. Myopia can be treated with spectacles, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. Options for refractive surgery include laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) and laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Both procedures utilize a laser to shape the corneal tissue (front of the eye) to correct refractive error, and both create flaps before laser treatment of corneal stromal tissue. Whereas the flap in LASEK is more superficial and epithelial, in LASIK it is thicker and also includes some anterior stromal tissue. LASEK is considered a surface ablation procedure, much like its predecessor, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). LASEK was developed as an alternative to PRK to address the issue of pain associated with epithelial debridement used for PRK. Assessing the relative benefits and risks/side effects of LASEK and LASIK warrants a systematic review. To assess the effects of LASEK versus LASIK for correcting myopia. We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Trials Register (2016, Issue 10); MEDLINE Ovid (1946 to 24 October 2016); Embase.com (1947 to 24 October 2016); PubMed (1948 to 24 October 2016); LILACS (Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature Database; 1982 to 24 October 2016); the metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT) (www.controlled-trials.com), last searched 20 June 2014; ClinicalTrials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov); searched 24 October 2016; and the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (www.who.int/ictrp/search/en); searched 24 October 2016. We did not use any date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. We considered only randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for the purposes of this review. Eligible RCTs were those in which myopic participants were

  4. Excimer Laser Phototherapeutic Keratectomy for the Treatment of Clinically Presumed Fungal Keratitis

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    Li, Liang-Mao; Zhao, Li-Quan; Qu, Ling-Hui; Li, Peng

    2014-01-01

    This retrospective study was to evaluate treatment outcomes of excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) for clinically presumed fungal keratitis. Forty-seven eyes of 47 consecutive patients underwent manual superficial debridement and PTK. All corneal lesions were located in the anterior stroma and were resistant to medication therapy for at least one week. Data were collected by a retrospective chart review with at least six months of follow-up data available. After PTK, infected corneal lesions were completely removed and the clinical symptoms resolved in 41 cases (87.2%). The mean ablation depth was 114.39 ± 45.51 μm and diameter of ablation was 4.06 ± 1.07 mm. The mean time for healing of the epithelial defect was 8.8 ± 5.6 days. Thirty-four eyes (82.9%) showed an improvement in best spectacle-corrected visual acuity of two or more lines. PTK complications included mild to moderate corneal haze, hyperopic shift, irregular astigmatism, and thinning cornea. Six eyes (12.8%) still showed progressed infection, and conjunctival flap covering, amniotic membrane transplantation, or penetrating keratoplasty were given. PTK is a valuable therapeutic alternative for superficial infectious keratitis. It can effectively eradicate lesions, hasten reepithelialization, and restore and preserve useful visual function. However, the selection of surgery candidates should be conducted carefully. PMID:24891945

  5. Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy in conjunction with mitomycin C in corneal macular and granular dystrophies.

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    Yuksel, Erdem; Cubuk, Mehmet Ozgur; Eroglu, Hulya Yazıcı; Bilgihan, Kamil

    2016-04-01

    To evaluate the visual outcomes, recurrence patterns, safety, and efficacy of excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) in conjunction with mitomycin C (MMC) for corneal macular and granular diystrophies. The patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 included patients with macular corneal dystrophy (MCD) that caused superficial corneal plaque opacities, and Group 2 included patients with granular corneal dystrophy (GCD). Patients in both groups were pre-, peri-, and postoperatively evaluated. The groups were compared in terms of uncorrected visual acuity (VA), best spectacle-corrected VA, presence of mild or significant recurrence, and time of recurrence. Eighteen eyes (nine with MCD and nine with GCD) of 18 patients (10 men and eight women) were included. PTK was performed for each eye that was included in this study. The mean ablation amount was 117.8 ± 24.4 µm and 83.5 ± 45.7 µm in MCD and GCD, respectively, (p=0.18). The postoperative improvement of the mean VA was similar between the two groups before recurrences (p>0.43) and after recurrences (p>0.71). There were no statistically significant differences in the recurrence rate and the recurrence-free period for any recurrence type. PTK was an effective, safe, and minimally invasive procedure for patients with MCD and GCD. PTK in conjunction with MMC was similarly effective for both groups in terms of recurrence and visual outcomes.

  6. Volumetric integration of photorefractive micromodifications in lithium niobate with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Paipulas, D.; Mizeikis, V.; Purlys, V.; ČerkauskaitÄ--, A.; Juodkazis, S.

    2015-03-01

    After the discovery that focused laser pulse is capable to locally change material's refractive index it became possible to integrate various photonic devices or data directly into the volume of transparent material, usually with conventional Direct Laser Writing (DLW) techniques. Many different photonic devices, passive or active, integrated in different materials were demonstrated. In majority of cased the change in refractive index comes from rearrangement (damage) of materials' lattice and are permanent. Metastable (reversible) modification can be beneficial for some applications and these could be realized in photorefractive crystals such as lithium niobate. While photorefractive data recording is a well studied process in holographic applications, the photorefractive induction via femtosecond laser pulses is scarcely investigated. in this work we demonstrate the possibility to form discrete regions for homogeneously-altered refractive index in bulk of pure and iron doped lithium niobate crystals using femtosecond DLW technique. We shoe that non-linear free charge generation and charge separation caused by the bulk photovoltaic effect are the main contributing factors to the change in refractive index. Moreover, femtosecond pulse induced refractive index change can be by an order of magnitude higher than values reached with longer laser pulses. Femtosecond DLW opens opportunities for precise control of topological charge separation in lithium niobate crystals in volume and in micrometer scale. Various examples as well as strategies to control and manipulate refractive index change is presented and discussed.

  7. Efficacy and safety of a 3-month loteprednol etabonate 0.5% gel taper for routine prophylaxis after photorefractive keratectomy compared to a 3-month prednisolone acetate 1% and fluorometholone 0.1% taper.

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    Mifflin, Mark D; Betts, Brent S; Frederick, P Adam; Feuerman, Jason M; Fenzl, Carlton R; Moshirfar, Majid; Zaugg, Brian

    2017-01-01

    To compare the outcome of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and complications in patients treated with either loteprednol etabonate 0.5% gel or prednisolone acetate 1% suspension and fluorometholone (fml) 0.1% suspension. John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Prospective, randomized, partially masked trial. PRK was performed on 261 eyes of 132 participants. Patients were randomized to a postoperative corticosteroid regimen of either loteprednol etabonate 0.5% gel (loteprednol) or prednisolone 1% acetate suspension followed by fluorometholone 0.1% suspension (prednisolone/fml). Primary outcome measures included incidence and grade of postoperative corneal haze and incidence of increased intraocular pressure of 10 mmHg above baseline, or any intraocular pressure over 21 mmHg. Secondary outcome measures included uncorrected distance visual acuity, best corrected distance visual acuity, and manifest refraction spherical equivalent. The incidence of haze in the first 3 months was 2.6% (3/114 eyes) in the loteprednol group and 4.8% (7/147 eyes) in the prednisolone/fml group and was not statistically significant between groups (P=0.37). The incidence of elevated intraocular pressure was 1.8% (2/114 eyes) in the loteprednol group and 4.1% (6/147 eyes) in the prednisolone/fml group, and was not statistically significant between the groups (P=0.12). The mean 3-month postoperative logMAR uncorrected visual acuity was -0.078±0.10 and -0.075±0.09 in the loteprednol and prednisolone/fml groups, respectively (P=0.83). Postoperative corneal haze and elevated intraocular pressure were uncommon in both treatment arms. There was no statistically significant difference between each postoperative regimen. Refractive results were similar and excellent in both treatment arms. A tapered prophylactic regimen of loteprednol 0.5% gel is equally effective to prednisolone 1%/fml 0.1% after PRK.

  8. Effect of accelerated corneal crosslinking combined with transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy on dynamic corneal response parameters and biomechanically corrected intraocular pressure measured with a dynamic Scheimpflug analyzer in healthy myopic patients.

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    Lee, Hun; Roberts, Cynthia J; Ambrósio, Renato; Elsheikh, Ahmed; Kang, David Sung Yong; Kim, Tae-Im

    2017-07-01

    To evaluate the effect of accelerated corneal crosslinking (CXL) combined with transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) on changes in new dynamic corneal response parameters and the biomechanically corrected intraocular pressure (IOP) measured using a dynamic Scheimpflug analyzer (Corvis ST). Yonsei University College of Medicine and Eyereum Eye Clinic, Seoul, South Korea. Retrospective case series. Medical records of eyes of healthy myopic patients having transepithelial PRK or transepithelial PRK with CXL were examined. Main outcome variables were the biomechanically corrected IOP and new dynamic corneal response parameters including the deformation amplitude ratio at 1.0 mm (DAR1) and at 2.0 mm (DAR2), stiffness at first applanation and at highest concavity, and the integrated inverse radius preoperatively and 6 months postoperatively. The study comprised 69 eyes (69 patients); 35 had transepithelial PRK and 34, transepithelial PRK with CXL. The DAR1, DAR2, and integrated inverse radius significantly increased, while stiffness at first applanation and at highest concavity decreased postoperatively in both groups. Changes in the DAR2 and integrated inverse radius in the transepithelial PRK group were significantly larger than in the transepithelial PRK with CXL group without and with analysis of covariance with the spherical equivalent change or corneal thickness change as a covariate. No significant differences in the biomechanically corrected IOP occurred preoperatively or postoperatively in either group. Results indicate that prophylactic CXL combined with transepithelial PRK has a role in reducing the change in corneal biomechanical properties. The dynamic Scheimpflug analyzer showed stable biomechanically corrected IOP measurements preoperatively and postoperatively. Copyright © 2017 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Comparison of dry-eye disease severity after laser in situ keratomileusis and laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy.

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    Dooley, Ian; D'Arcy, Fiona; O'Keefe, Michael

    2012-06-01

    To evaluate the effects of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) on dry-eye disease markers including tear osmolarity, Schirmer testing, and the ocular surface disease index (OSDI). Laser Suite, Mater Private Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. Prospective controlled cross-sectional observation study. In a single center, consecutive eyes that had LASIK or LASEK had dry-eye disease markers assessed preoperatively and 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. In LASIK eyes (n = 50), the mean tear osmolarity was significantly elevated (by 2.8%) at 12 months (P=.009, Student t test). The mean Schirmer test values were not significantly altered postoperatively in either group. The mean OSDI was maximum in LASIK eyes at 3 months (mean follow-up 7.2 months ± 8.2 [SD]) and in LASEK eyes (n = 35) preoperatively (mean follow-up 9.1 ± 9.7 months). There were no significant differences in dry-eye disease markers or tear osmolarity between LASIK and LASEK patients at any stage after surgery up to 1 year. Although tear osmolarity remains one of the highest predictive tests of dry eye, it is complementary with other diagnostic criteria in the context of dry eye after refractive surgery. Copyright © 2012 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Holographic injection locking of a broad area laser diode via a photorefractive thin-film device.

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    van Voorst, P D; de Wit, M R; Offerhaus, H L; Tay, S; Thomas, J; Peyghambarian, N; Boller, K-J

    2007-12-24

    We demonstrate locking of a high power broad area laser diode to a single frequency using holographic feedback from a photorefractive polymer thin-film device for the first time. A four-wave mixing setup is used to generate feedback for the broad area diode at the wavelength of the single frequency source (Ti:Sapphire laser) while the spatial distribution adapts to the preferred profile of the broad area diode. The result is an injection-locked broad area diode emitting with a linewidth comparable to the Ti:Sapphire laser.

  11. Risk factors for loss of epithelial flap integrity in laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy surgery.

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    Galindo, Joanna; Fadlallah, Ali; Robinson, Steve; Chelala, Elias; Melki, Samir A

    2016-04-01

    To evaluate risk factors leading to loss of epithelial flap integrity in laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK). Boston Eye Group, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA. Retrospective case study. This retrospective chart review was performed for LASEK surgeries that occurred between January 2009 and October 2013. Logistic regression was performed to determine whether epithelium preservation was correlated with age, sex, sphere, cylinder, spherical equivalent (SE), keratometry, and central corneal thickness (CCT). The study reviewed 1009 eyes of 509 patients with a mean age of 29.1 years ± 12.2 (SD). The mean preoperative spherical refraction was -4.7 ± 2.5 diopters (D), and the mean preoperative cylinder was -1.1 ± 0.8 D. The mean preoperative decimal corrected distance visual acuity was 1.01 ± 0.07. Single-sheet mobilization of the loosened epithelium flap was found in 72.3% of cases. Fragmented preservation events occurred in 17.6% of cases; the flap was discarded in 10.0% of cases. Epithelium preservation was significantly correlated with age (P = .048) but not with other parameters (P > .05 for sex, sphere, cylinder, SE, keratometry, CCT, and surgeon experience). Epithelial flap dissection was less likely to lead to a single epithelial sheet in patients older than 50 years than in younger patients (56.3% versus 74.9%). The mean postoperative decimal uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA) at 3 months was 0.98 ± 0.08. There was no statistical difference in postoperative UDVA between the undiscarded flap group and discarded flap group (P = .128). Successful dissection of single-sheet epithelial flap diminished with age. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2016 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. The photorefractive effect

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    Pepper, D.M. ); Kukhtarev, N.V. )

    1990-10-01

    When Arthur Ashkin and his colleagues at Bell Laboratories first noticed the photorefractive effect some 25 years ago, they considered the phenomenon a curiosity at best and a complete nuisance at worst. Today photorefractive materials are being shaped into components for a new generation of computers that exploit light instead of electricity. During the past 25 years investigators have discovered a wide variety of photorefractive materials, including insulators, semiconductors and organic compounds. Photorefractive materials, like film emulsions, change rapidly when exposed to bright light, respond slowly when subjected to dim light and capture sharp detail when struck by some intricate pattern of light. Unlike film, photorefractive materials are erasable: images can be stored or obliterated at whim or by design. By virtue of their sensitivity, robustness, and unique optical properties, photorefractive materials have the potential to be fashioned into data-processing elements for optical computers. In theory, these devices would allow optical computers to process information at much faster rates than their electronic counterparts. Employing photorefractive materials, workers have already developed the optical analogue to the transistor: if two laser beams interact within a photorefractive material, one beam can control, switch or amplify the second beam. Photorefractive materials also lie at the heart of devices that trace the edges of images, that connect networks of lasers and that store three-dimensional images.

  13. Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy in eyes with corneal stromal dystrophies with and without a corneal graft.

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    Reddy, Jagadesh C; Rapuano, Christopher J; Nagra, Parveen K; Hammersmith, Kristin M

    2013-06-01

    To evaluate and compare the visual outcomes and recurrence patterns of corneal stromal dystrophies after excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) in eyes with and without a corneal graft. Retrospective, comparative case series. setting: Cornea Service, Wills Eye Institute, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. study population: The patients were divided into 2 groups. Group 1 comprised patients with no graft who underwent PTK (22 eyes of 15 patients), and group 2 comprised patients who underwent PTK over a previous full-thickness graft (18 eyes of 14 patients). intervention: All patients underwent PTK for decreased vision, symptoms of recurrent erosions, or both. main outcome measures: Visual outcomes and recurrence patterns of corneal stromal dystrophies. Preoperative and postoperative best-corrected visual acuities were 0.46 ± 0.25 and 0.51 ± 0.27 (P = .56), respectively, in group 1 and 0.16 ± 0.13 and 0.21 ± 0.18 (P = .25), respectively, in group 2. Mean preoperative spherical equivalent was 1.54 ± 2.59 diopters (D) and -5.10 ± 5.81 D (P = .01) in groups 1 and 2, respectively, and mean postoperative spherical equivalent was 0.44 ± 1.8 D and -1.8 ± 4.25 D (P = .19) in groups 1 and 2, respectively. There was no statistically significant difference in the efficacy (P = .73) and safety (P = .62) indices between the 2 groups. In group 1, mild recurrence was seen in 7 eyes (32%) and significant recurrence was seen in 4 eyes (18%) at a mean of 32 and 47 months after PTK, respectively. In group 2, mild recurrence was seen in 5 eyes (28%) and significant recurrence was seen in 5 eyes (28%) at a mean of 36 and 50 months after PTK, respectively. PTK improved central corneal clarity, alleviated symptoms resulting from recurrent erosions, and improved visual acuity in both groups. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Efficacy and safety of a 3-month loteprednol etabonate 0.5% gel taper for routine prophylaxis after photorefractive keratectomy compared to a 3-month prednisolone acetate 1% and fluorometholone 0.1% taper

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    Mifflin, Mark D; Betts, Brent S; Frederick, P Adam; Feuerman, Jason M; Fenzl, Carlton R; Moshirfar, Majid; Zaugg, Brian

    2017-01-01

    Purpose To compare the outcome of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and complications in patients treated with either loteprednol etabonate 0.5% gel or prednisolone acetate 1% suspension and fluorometholone (fml) 0.1% suspension. Setting John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Design Prospective, randomized, partially masked trial. Methods PRK was performed on 261 eyes of 132 participants. Patients were randomized to a postoperative corticosteroid regimen of either loteprednol etabonate 0.5% gel (loteprednol) or prednisolone 1% acetate suspension followed by fluorometholone 0.1% suspension (prednisolone/fml). Primary outcome measures included incidence and grade of postoperative corneal haze and incidence of increased intraocular pressure of 10 mmHg above baseline, or any intraocular pressure over 21 mmHg. Secondary outcome measures included uncorrected distance visual acuity, best corrected distance visual acuity, and manifest refraction spherical equivalent. Results The incidence of haze in the first 3 months was 2.6% (3/114 eyes) in the loteprednol group and 4.8% (7/147 eyes) in the prednisolone/fml group and was not statistically significant between groups (P=0.37). The incidence of elevated intraocular pressure was 1.8% (2/114 eyes) in the loteprednol group and 4.1% (6/147 eyes) in the prednisolone/fml group, and was not statistically significant between the groups (P=0.12). The mean 3-month postoperative logMAR uncorrected visual acuity was −0.078±0.10 and −0.075±0.09 in the loteprednol and prednisolone/fml groups, respectively (P=0.83). Conclusion Postoperative corneal haze and elevated intraocular pressure were uncommon in both treatment arms. There was no statistically significant difference between each postoperative regimen. Refractive results were similar and excellent in both treatment arms. A tapered prophylactic regimen of loteprednol 0.5% gel is equally effective to prednisolone 1%/fml 0.1% after PRK. PMID

  15. Phototherapeutic keratectomy

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    Rathi, Varsha M; Vyas, Sharadini P; Sangwan, Virender S

    2012-01-01

    Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) is done regularly for anterior corneal diseases such as corneal dystrophies, corneal degenerations, scars, and band-shaped keratopathy. The various indications include both therapeutic and visual. The aim of this article is to discuss the therapeutic indications for PTK, the specific technique pertaining to a specific etiology, the various other procedures like amniotic membrane graft combined with PTK or PTK being done for recurrences in the grafts, and PTK done before cataract surgery when the anterior corneal pathology coexists with the cataract. Post PTK management such as healing of an epithelial defect, use of steroids in the post PTK period, recurrences of primary disease pathology, and infections, will be discussed. Methods of literature search: A Medline search was carried out for articles in the English language, with the keywords, phototherapeutic keratectomy, band-shaped keratopathy, spheroidal degeneration, scars, bullous keratopathy, and corneal dystrophy. The relevant references are mentioned here. PMID:22218239

  16. Optical trapping/modification of nano-(micro)particles by gradient and photorefractive forces during laser illumination

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    Kukhtarev, N.; Kukhtareva, T.; Okafor, F.

    2010-08-01

    In this paper we describe photo-induced trapping/redistribution of silver nano-(micro) particles near the surface of photorefractive crystal LiNbO3:Fe. This type of optical trapping is due to combined forces of direct gradient-force trapping and asymmetric photorefractive forces of electro-phoresis and dielectro-phoresis. The silver nanoparticles were produced through extracellular biosynthesis on exposure to the fungus, Fusarium oxysporum (FO) and to the plant extracts. Pulsed and CW visible laser radiation lead to significant modification of nanoparticle clusters. This study indicates that extracellular biosynthesis can constitute a possible viable alternative method for the production of nanoparticles. In addition, the theoretical modeling of asymmetric photorefractive electric field grating has been presented and compared with the experimental results.

  17. Ultrasound-modulated optical imaging using a photorefractive interferometer and a powerful long pulse laser

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    Rousseau, Guy; Blouin, Alain; Monchalin, Jean-Pierre

    2009-02-01

    Ultrasound-modulated optical imaging is an emerging biodiagnostic technique which provides the optical spectroscopic signature and the spatial localization of an optically absorbing object embedded in a strongly scattering medium. The transverse resolution of the technique is determined by the lateral extent of ultrasound beam focal zone while the axial resolution is obtained by using short ultrasound pulses. The practical application of this technique is presently limited by its poor sensitivity. Moreover, any method to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio must satisfy the biomedical safety limits. In this paper, we propose to use a pulsed single-frequency laser source to raise the optical peak power applied to the scattering medium and to collect more ultrasonically tagged photons. Such a laser source allows illuminating the tissues mainly during the transit time of the ultrasonic wave. A single-frequency Nd:YAG laser emitting 500-μs pulses with a peak power superior to 100 W was used. Tagged photons were detected with a GaAs photorefractive interferometer characterized by a large optical etendue. When pumped by high intensity laser pulses, such an interferometer provides the fast response time essential to obtain an apparatus insensitive to the speckle decorrelation encountered in biomedical applications. Consequently, the combination of a large-etendue photorefractive interferometer with a high-power pulsed laser could allow obtaining both the sensitivity and the fast response time necessary for biomedical applications. Measurements performed in 30- and 60-mm thick optical phantoms made of titanium dioxide particles dispersed in sunflower oil are presented. Results obtained in 30- and 60-mm thick chicken breast samples are also reported.

  18. Comparison of femtosecond laser small-incision lenticule extraction and laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy to correct myopic astigmatism.

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    Qian, Yishan; Huang, Jia; Zhou, Xingtao; Wang, Yutung

    2015-11-01

    To compare the efficacy of correcting myopic astigmatism with femtosecond laser small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG) versus laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK). The study was conducted at the Ophthalmology Department, Eye and ENT Hospital, Shanghai, China. A retrospective, cross-sectional study. This study included patients who underwent small-incision lenticule extraction or LASEK for the correction of myopia and myopic astigmatism. Preoperative and 6-month postoperative astigmatism values were analyzed. The efficacies of the 2 surgeries to correct astigmatism were compared. A total of 180 right eyes of 180 patients (small-incision lenticule extraction: n = 113, LASEK: n = 67) were included. No significant difference was found between the 2 groups in the preoperative astigmatism (small-incision lenticule extraction: 1.16 ± 0.85D, LASEK: 1.16 ± 0.83D, P > .05) or the postoperative astigmatism (small-incision lenticule extraction: 0.35 ± 0.37D; LASEK: 0.31 ± 0.42D, P > .05), determined by manifest refraction. No significant difference was found between the 2 groups in surgically induced astigmatism vector (small-incision lenticule extraction: 1.13 ± 0.83D, LASEK: 1.01 ± 0.65D, P > .05). The correction index was higher for the small-incision lenticule extraction group (1.05 ± 0.53) than for the LASEK group (0.95 ± 0.21, P = .045). The postoperative astigmatism was significantly higher for the small-incision lenticule extraction group when the preoperative astigmatism was 1.0 D or less (small-incision lenticule extraction: 0.26 ± 0.30D, LASEK: 0.12 ± 0.20D, P = .007) and lower for the small-incision lenticule extraction group when the preoperative astigmatism was more than 2.0 D (small-incision lenticule extraction: 0.48 ± 0.37D, LASEK: 0.89 ± 0.46D, P = .002). An adjustment of nomograms for correcting low astigmatism (≤1.0 D) by small-incision lenticule extraction is suggested due to the tendency toward

  19. Oral Gabapentin for Photorefractive Keratectomy Pain

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    2011-02-01

    uncorrected and corrected distance visual acuity, corneal topography , intraocular pressure, corneal thickness, cycloplegic refraction, and posterior...alternative for the correction of low to moder- ate myopia or hyperopia. This is especially true for eyes that have reduced central corneal thickness or...postoperative corneal haze are considered drawbacks to PRK compared with LASIK,4,5 the primary disadvantage of PRK is postoperative pain. Topical and oral

  20. Lensometry by two-laser holography with photorefractive Bi12TiO20

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    Barbosa, Eduardo A.; Preto, André O.

    2008-04-01

    Refractive and profilometric measurements of lenses were performed through holography with a photorefractive Bi12TiO20 crystal as the recording medium. Two properly aligned diode lasers emitting in the red region were employed as light sources. Both lasers were tuned in order to provide millimetric and sub-millimetric synthetic wavelengths. The surfaces of the test lens were covered by a 25-μm opaque plastic tape in order to allow the lens profilometry upon illuminating them with a collimated beam. The resulting holographic images appear covered by interference fringes corresponding to the wavefront geometry of the wave scattered by the lens. For refractive index measurement a diffusely scattering flat surface was positioned behind the uncovered lens which was also illuminated by a plane wave. The resulting contour interferogram describes the form of the wavefront after the beam traveled back and forth through the lens. The fringe quantitative evaluation was carried out through the four-stepping technique and the resulting phase map and the Branch-cut method was employed for phase unwrapping. The only non-optical procedure for lens characterization was the thickness measurement, made by a dial caliper. Exact ray tracing calculation was performed in order to establish a relation between the output wavefront geometry and the lens parameters like radii of curvature, thickness and refractive index. By quantitatively comparing the theoretical wavefront geometry with the experimental results relative uncertainties bellow 3% for refractive index and 1 % for focal length were obtained.

  1. Practical correction of a phase-aberrated laser beam using a triphenyldiamine-based photorefractive composite

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    Liang, Yichen; Winiarz, Jeffrey G.

    2017-03-01

    A photorefractive composite based on a triphenyldiamine (TPD) derivative was used to restore a severely phase-aberrated laser beam to a nearly aberration-free state. Here, a forward degenerate four-wave mixing geometry was employed for the elimination of phase distortions and its practical applicability in the transmission of optically encoded data is demonstrated. In addition, it is demonstrated that the experimental geometry is able to effectively restore dynamically updating images. Conventional two-beam coupling and degenerate four-wave mixing experiments were used to characterize the composite subject to the current experimental setup. The two-beam coupling net gain coefficient was 100 cm-1 with an applied external electric field of 70 V/µm. Internal and external diffraction efficiencies of 10 and 6%, respectively, were observed with a similar external electric field. Due to its superior charge-carrier mobility, the TPD-based composite exhibited a response time of 0.28 s, approximately five times faster than traditional PVK-based composites.

  2. Photorefractive effect in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Sasaki, Takeo; Naka, Yumiko

    2014-03-01

    In this paper, we review recent progress of research on the photorefractive effect of ferroelectric liquid crystals. The photorefractive effect is a phenomenon that forms a dynamic hologram in a material. The interference of two laser beams in a photorefractive material establishes a refractive index grating. This phenomenon is applicable to a wide range of devices related to diffraction optics including 3D displays, optical amplification, optical tomography, novelty filters, and phase conjugate wave generators. Ferroelectric liquid crystals are considered as a candidate for practical photorefractive materials. A refractive index grating formation time of 8-10 ms and a large gain coefficient are easily obtained in photorefractive ferroelectric liquid crystals.

  3. Predictability and stability of laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy with mitomycin C for the correction of high myopia.

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    Iu, Lawrence P L; Fan, Michelle C Y; Chen, Ivan N; Lai, Jimmy S M

    2017-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the predictability and stability of laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) with mitomycin C (MMC) in correction of high myopia (≤-6.0 diopters [D]) as compared to low-to-moderate myopia (>-6.0 D).This is a retrospective, comparative, cohort study which included 43 eyes of 43 consecutive patients who underwent LASEK with MMC in a private hospital in Hong Kong by a single surgeon. Twenty-five eyes had high myopia (mean spherical equivalent [SE] = -8.53 ± 1.82 D) and 18 eyes had low-to-moderate myopia (mean SE = -3.99 ± 1.37 D) before surgery.In terms of refractive predictability, mean SE was significantly better in eyes with preoperative low-to-moderate myopia than high myopia at 6 months (0.04 ± 0.23 vs 0.31 ± 0.52 D, P = .035). In terms of refractive stability, between 1 and 3 months, both groups had mean absolute change of SE of around 0.25 D. Between 3 and 6 months, preoperative low-to-moderate myopia group had significantly less absolute change of SE compared to high myopia group (0.07 vs 0.23 D, P = .003). More eyes with preoperative high myopia changed SE by more than 0.25 D than those with low-to-moderate myopia between 3 and 6 months (32.0% vs 5.6%, P = .057).In conclusion, LASEK with MMC is more unpredictable and unstable in correction of high myopia than low-to-moderate myopia. The refractive outcome of most low-to-moderate myopia correction stabilizes at 3 months. Stability is not achieved until after 6 months in high myopia correction.

  4. Propagation characteristics of a focused laser beam in a strontium barium niobate photorefractive crystal under reverse external electric field.

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    Guo, Q L; Liang, B L; Wang, Y; Deng, G Y; Jiang, Y H; Zhang, S H; Fu, G S; Simmonds, P J

    2014-10-01

    The propagation characteristics of a focused laser beam in a SBN:75 photorefractive crystal strongly depend on the signal-to-background intensity ratio (R=Is/Ib) under reverse external electric field. In the range 20>R>0.05, the laser beam shows enhanced self-defocusing behavior with increasing external electric field, while it shows self-focusing in the range 0.03>R>0.01. Spatial solitons are observed under a suitable reverse external electric field for R=0.025. A theoretical model is proposed to explain the experimental observations, which suggest a new type of soliton formation due to "enhancement" not "screening" of the external electrical field.

  5. Photorefractive Integrators and Correlators

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    1992-12-01

    The use of photorefractive crystals as optically addressed time integrating spatial light modulators in acousto - optic signal processing applications...adaptive acousto - optic processor. These results demonstrated the feasibility of using photorefractives for such applications.... Photorefractive, Acousto - optic processor.

  6. [Riboflavin photoprotection with cross-linking effect in photorefractive ablation of the cornea].

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    Kornilovskiy, I M; Sultanova, A I; Burtsev, A A

    2016-01-01

    Photorefractive ablation is inevitably accompanied by oxidative stress of the cornea and weakening of its biomechanical and photoprotective properties. To validate the expediency of riboflavin use in photorefractive ablation for photoprotection of the cornea and cross-linking. The effects of riboflavin use in photorefractive ablation was first studied in a series of in vitro and in vivo experiments performed on 56 eyes of 28 rabbits, and then on 232 eyes of 142 patients with different degrees of myopia. Biomechanical testing of corneal samples was performed with Zwick/RoellВZ 2.5/TN1S tensile-testing machine. Transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (TransPRK) and femtosecond laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (Femto-LASIK) were performed on Wavelight-Allegretto200, MEL-80, and WaveLight-EX500 excimer laser systems and also VisuMax and WaveLight-FS200 femtosecond lasers. For preliminary examinations, an appropriate set of diagnostic tools was used. In vivo experiments have proved that, in the absence of conservative therapy, riboflavin is able to produce both photoprotective and cross-linking effects to the cornea. Corneal syndrome was thus reduced and re-epithelialization after TransPRK accelerated. Biomechanical testing of corneal samples revealed an increase in tolerated load from 12.9±1.4 N to 18.3±1.2 N (p=0.0002) and tensile strength from 8.6±1.7 MPa to 12.4±1.7 MPa (p=0.007). Clinical studies conducted in a group of patients with mild to moderate myopia have also confirmed the photoprotective effect of riboflavin at months 1-12 after TransPRK. There were no significant differences in uncorrected visual acuity (ranged from 0.80±0.16 to 0.85±0.15) and corrected visual acuity at baseline (0.83±0.14). Evaluation of the optical and refractive effect achieved after Femto-LASIK with riboflavin photoprotection in the fellow eye has shown that this technique is not inferior to the traditional one as to its refractive accuracy, but provides better

  7. Excimer laser refractive surgery.

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    Manche, E E; Carr, J D; Haw, W W; Hersh, P S

    1998-01-01

    Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy and excimer laser in situ keratomileusis are relatively new treatment modalities that can be used to correct refractive errors of the eye. They are most commonly used to correct myopia (nearsightedness) but can also be used to correct hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. The excimer laser alters the refractive state of the eye by removing tissue from the anterior cornea through a process known as photoablative decomposition. This process uses ultraviolet energy from the excimer laser to disrupt chemical bonds in the cornea without causing any thermal damage to surrounding tissue. The modified anterior corneal surface enables light to be focused on the retina, thereby reducing or eliminating the dependence on glasses and contact lenses. We discuss in detail all aspects of excimer laser refractive surgery--techniques, indications and contraindications, clinical outcomes, and complications. PMID:9682628

  8. Digital photorefraction

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    Costa, Manuel F. M.; Jorge, Jorge M.

    1998-01-01

    The early evaluation of the visual status of human infants is of a critical importance. It is of utmost importance to the development of the child's visual system that she perceives clear, focused, retinal images. Furthermore if the refractive problems are not corrected in due time amblyopia may occur. Photorefraction is a non-invasive clinical tool rather convenient for application to this kind of population. A qualitative or semi-quantitative information about refractive errors, accommodation, strabismus, amblyogenic factors and some pathologies (cataracts) can the easily obtained. The photorefraction experimental setup we established using new technological breakthroughs on the fields of imaging devices, image processing and fiber optics, allows the implementation of both the isotropic and eccentric photorefraction approaches. Essentially both methods consist on delivering a light beam into the eyes. It is refracted by the ocular media, strikes the retina, focusing or not, reflects off and is collected by a camera. The system is formed by one CCD color camera and a light source. A beam splitter in front of the camera's objective allows coaxial illumination and observation. An optomechanical system also allows eccentric illumination. The light source is a flash type one and is synchronized with the camera's image acquisition. The camera's image is digitized displayed in real time. Image processing routines are applied for image's enhancement and feature extraction.

  9. Digital photorefraction

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    Costa, Manuel F.; Jorge, Jorge M.

    1997-12-01

    The early evaluation of the visual status of human infants is of a critical importance. It is of utmost importance to the development of the child's visual system that she perceives clear, focused, retinal images. Furthermore if the refractive problems are not corrected in due time amblyopia may occur. Photorefraction is a non-invasive clinical tool rather convenient for application to this kind of population. A qualitative or semi-quantitative information about refractive errors, accommodation, strabismus, amblyogenic factors and some pathologies (cataracts) can the easily obtained. The photorefraction experimental setup we established using new technological breakthroughs on the fields of imaging devices, image processing and fiber optics, allows the implementation of both the isotropic and eccentric photorefraction approaches. Essentially both methods consist on delivering a light beam into the eyes. It is refracted by the ocular media, strikes the retina, focusing or not, reflects off and is collected by a camera. The system is formed by one CCD color camera and a light source. A beam splitter in front of the camera's objective allows coaxial illumination and observation. An optomechanical system also allows eccentric illumination. The light source is a flash type one and is synchronized with the camera's image acquisition. The camera's image is digitized displayed in real time. Image processing routines are applied for image's enhancement and feature extraction.

  10. Therapeutic keratectomy for Mycobacterium abscessus keratitis after LASIK.

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    Sun, Yi-Chen; Wang, I-Jong; Chen, Wei-Li; Hu, Fung-Rong

    2003-11-01

    We report successful treatment of a case of Mycobacterium abscessus keratitis after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with therapeutic lamellar keratectomy. A 34-year-old woman developed a 2 x 2 mm feathery infiltration within the interface inferior to the pupil margin with mild inflammation of the conjunctiva in her left eye 40 days after LASIK surgery. Bacterial culture from the infiltrates of the interface of the stromal bed revealed Mycobacterium abscessus. After combination antibiotic therapy including amikacin and ciprofoxacin was given for 6 weeks, infiltration persisted despite the development of necrosis in the flap tissue. Therapeutic lamellar keratectomy combined with flap removal was performed. No recurrence was found 1 year after the surgery. Therapeutic lamellar keratectomy with flap removal can provide an effective treatment modality for the management of post-LASIK Mycobacterium abscessus keratitis that is unresponsive to medical treatment.

  11. Effects of Altitude Exposure in Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) Subjects

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    2006-08-01

    Corneal topography data was acquired with EyeSys Vista™ HANDHELD CORNEAL TOPOGRAPHER (Figure 5). The topography unit had the following features...0.10 Diopters (D) Reproducibility: +0.20 D Figure 5: EyeSys Vista™ HANDHELD CORNEAL TOPOGRAPHER Two corneal topography measures of...each eye were accomplished approximately within 30 seconds of each other at each data interval. The corneal topography data was captured and then

  12. Corneal surface morphology following excimer laser ablation with humidified gases.

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    Krueger, R R; Campos, M; Wang, X W; Lee, M; McDonnell, P J

    1993-08-01

    To compare the effects of blowing dry (nitrogen or helium) and humidified gases over the corneal surface during photorefractive keratectomy. Excimer laser myopic ablations were performed on porcine eyes (10 per group) using humidified and dry nitrogen and helium gas under ambient conditions. Surface smoothness was quantified with light and electron microscopy. Corneas that were ablated using humidified gas were smooth and equivalent to those ablated under ambient conditions. Dry nitrogen and helium blowing resulted in increased surface irregularity evident on light and electron microscopy (P < .001). The pseudomembranes in the humidified gas and ambient air groups had fewer surface discontinuities than did those in the nonhumdified gas groups and appeared to have a thinner electron-dense surface layer. The blowing of humidified gas during excimer laser corneal ablation produces a smoother surface than does the blowing of dry gas and is comparable to that produced under ambient (no blowing) conditions. Maintaining corneal moisture is important in photorefractive keratectomy. If blowing gas is necessary to remove debris from the surface, the gas should be humidified.

  13. Nonlinear effects in photorefractive crystals

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    Erbschloe, Donald R.

    Photorefractive crystals are materials whose index of refraction is altered under illumination by light. These crystals are both photoconductive and electrooptic. When a nonuniform light intensity pattern is present in the material, photocarriers are generated and redistributed, creating space charge electric fields which change the refractive index locally. These crystals are ideal media for real time holography, and applications include wave amplification, image processing, phase conjugation, and laser beam steering for optical interconnects. This thesis investigates many novel aspects of the photorefractive effect. A study of nonreciprocal behavior identifies a new important consideration in the theory of two-wave mixing between counterpropagating beams-namely the presence of a photocurrent, or frequency detuning between the beams results in a spatially varying beam coupling. A numerical treatment of these important cases provides the first systematic theoretical assessment the control of nonreciprocal transmission and phase shift in lithium niobate, a representative photorefractive crystal. A comparison between crystal types suggests candidates for nonreciprocal applications such as an optical diode.

  14. Photorefraction of the Eye

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    Colicchia, Giuseppe; Wiesner, Hartmut; Zollman, Dean

    2015-01-01

    Photorefraction is a method to easily estimate the refractive state of the eye. The principle of photorefraction involves projecting light into the eye during flash photography and then examining the paths of light that emerge from the pupil after scattering on the back portion of the interior of the eyeball (fundus). We will explain the optical…

  15. Photorefraction of the Eye

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    Colicchia, Giuseppe; Wiesner, Hartmut; Zollman, Dean

    2015-01-01

    Photorefraction is a method to easily estimate the refractive state of the eye. The principle of photorefraction involves projecting light into the eye during flash photography and then examining the paths of light that emerge from the pupil after scattering on the back portion of the interior of the eyeball (fundus). We will explain the optical…

  16. Net Photorefractive Gain In Gallium Arsenide

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    Liu, Tsuen-Hsi; Cheng, Li-Jen

    1990-01-01

    Prerequisite includes applied electric field. Electric field applied to GaAs crystal in which two infrared beams interfere. Depending on quality of sample and experimental conditions, net photorefractive gain obtained. Results offer possibility of new developments in real-time optical processing of signals by use of near-infrared lasers of low power.

  17. Photorefraction of the Eye

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    Colicchia, Giuseppe; Wiesner, Hartmut; Zollman, Dean

    2015-02-01

    Photorefraction is a method to easily estimate the refractive state of the eye. The principle of photorefraction involves projecting light into the eye during flash photography and then examining the paths of light that emerge from the pupil after scattering on the back portion of the interior of the eyeball (fundus). We will explain the optical principles underlying the method for eccentric photorefraction and describe how students can perform it using current digital cameras. Our purpose is not to diagnose refractive errors reliably, but to use devices popular among young people that, in combination with an important ophthalmic context, may be successful in improving students' interest for learning optical concepts.

  18. Photorefractive Interferometers for Ultrasonic Measurements on Paper

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    Lafond, E. F.; Brodeur, P. H.; Gerhardstein, J. P.; Habeger, C. C.; Telschow, Kenneth Louis

    2002-12-01

    Photorefractive interferometers have been employed for the detection of ultrasound in metals and composites since 1991 [1–4]. Instances of laser-generated ultrasound and laser-based detection in paper were reported in 1996 [5]. More recently, bismuth silicon oxide (BSO) photorefractive interferometers were adapted to detect ultrasound in paper [6]. In this article we discuss BSO and GaAs photorefractive detection of ultrasound on different paper grades and present the resulting waveforms. Compared to contact piezoelectric transducer methods, laser interferometry offers signifcant advantages. One of these is that it is a noncontact technique. This is especially important for on-line application to lightweight papers which could be marked or damaged by contact transducers. Broadband ultrasonic laser generation matched with the broadband sensitivity of laser interferometers is another beneft. This is important for obtaining narrow pulses in nondispersive time-of-fight determinations and for measuring the phase velocity of dispersive modes over a wide frequency band. Also, laser ultrasonic techniques provide a measure of bending stiffness through the analysis of low frequency A0 waves.

  19. Nonlinear Effects in Photorefractive Crystals.

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    Erbschloe, Donald Ross

    1988-12-01

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Requires signed TDF. Photorefractive crystals are materials whose index of refraction is altered under illumination by light. These crystals are both photoconductive and electrooptic. When a nonuniform light intensity pattern is present in the material, photocarriers are generated and redistributed, creating space charge electrical fields which change the refractive index locally. These crystals are ideal media for real-time holography, and applications include wave amplification, image processing, phase conjugation, and laser beam steering for optical interconnects. This thesis investigates many novel aspects of the photorefractive effect. A study of nonreciprocal behaviour identifies a new important consideration in the theory of two-wave mixing between counterpropagating beams--namely the presence of a photocurrent, or frequency detuning between the beams results in a spatially varying beam coupling. A numerical treatment of these important cases provides the first systematic theoretical assessment of the control of nonreciprocal transmission and phase shift in lithium niobate, a representative protorefractive crystal. A comparison between crystal types suggests candidates for nonreciprocal applications such as an optical diode. A study of bismuth silicon oxide, Bi_ {12}SiO_{20} , as the active gain medium in an oscillator reveals a novel feature, the presence of a light intensity threshold. For one crystal sample no oscillation occurred for incident intensities less than 0.8 mW/cm^2. A surprising new result is the appearance of higher diffracted orders in a crystal sample with a small wedge angle (0.036 ^circ) due to wave mixing between an incident beam and its first codirectional multiple reflection. Several applications for this new means of obtaining beam interaction are discussed--including the study of the photorefractive coupling for very large grating spacings, the investigation of transient

  20. Photorefractive effect in ferroelectric liquid crystal blends containing terthiophene photoconductive chiral dopants

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    Sasaki, Takeo; Yoshino, Masanori

    2016-04-01

    Ferroelectric liquid crystalline mixtures composed of a smectic liquid crystal, a photoconductive chiral dopant, and an electron trap reagent exhibit a large photorefractivity with a rapid response. It is expected that the photorefractive FLC blends can be utilized in dynamic amplification of moving optical signals. In the present study, the photorefractive properties of the ferroelectric liquid crystal blends containing different photoconductive chiral dopants were examined. The durability of the photoconductive chiral dopants during laser irradiation was investigated. Tthe effect of the conduction of photogenerated ionic species on the photorefractivity decay was clarified.

  1. Photorefractive polymers: Materials science, thin-film fabrication, and experiments in volume holography

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    McGee, David J.; Matlin, Mark D.

    2001-10-01

    When exposed to low power laser light, photorefractive materials can function as dynamic diffraction gratings, making them attractive for applications in holography and optical image processing. Conventional crystalline photorefractive materials are useful in demonstrations of basic nonlinear optical phenomena at the advanced undergraduate level, although the fabrication of such crystals is beyond the reach of most undergraduate facilities. Within the last five years, however, polymeric photorefractive materials have been developed that can be fabricated by collaborative teams of undergraduate physics and chemistry students. We have found that the study of photorefractive polymers provides an excellent framework to emphasize connections among optics, chemistry, and materials science at a level accessible to undergraduates. We provide an overview of photorefractive polymers, describe the fabrication of a typical photorefractive polymeric system, and discuss experiments in volume holography.

  2. Self-adaptive, narrowband tuning of a pulsed optical parametric oscillator and a continuous-wave diode laser via phase-conjugate photorefractive cavity reflectors: verification by high-resolution spectroscopy

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    He, Y.; Orr, B. J.

    2009-08-01

    A dynamic self-adaptive Bragg grating formed in a photorefractive crystal is shown to be a convenient way to attain single-longitudinal-mode (SLM) operation and narrowband tuning both in a pulsed, injection-seeded optical parametric oscillator (OPO) and in a continuous-wave (cw) extended-cavity diode laser. The pulsed OPO cavity comprises a Rh:BaTiO3 photorefractive (PR) crystal, a periodically poled KTiOPO4 nonlinear-optical crystal, and a dielectrically-coated end mirror. A continuous-wave seed beam at 820-850 nm from a tunable SLM diode laser traverses firstly the Rh:BaTiO3 crystal and then is retro-reflected by the end mirror; this creates a wavelength-selective Bragg grating reflector in the PR crystal, thereby completing the OPO cavity. The cavity stays automatically resonant with the seed radiation, with no need to actively control its length or to make any other mechanical adjustment. One form of injection seeder comprises a novel extended-cavity diode laser (ECDL) design incorporating a self-pumped photorefractive phase-conjugate reflector and a compact, high-finesse tunable intracavity ring filter. This combination facilitates robust tunable single-frequency operation with narrow optical bandwidth. The performance characteristics of the OPO and the ECDL are evaluated by recording high-resolution atomic and molecular spectra. Notably, fluorescence-detected sub-Doppler two-photon excitation at 822 nm, of the 8 S ←6 S transition in atomic Cs, provides a crucial linewidth test.

  3. Amorphous Organic Photorefractive Materials

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    Bittner, Reinhard; Meerholz, Klaus

    This chapter is structured in four main sections. First an introduction to the field of organic photorefractive (PR) materials will be given, which covers a brief historic overview as well as milestones achieved in the efforts made to improve the steady-state and dynamic performance of these promising new holographic materials.

  4. Clinical Outcomes of an Optimized Prolate Ablation Procedure for Correcting Residual Refractive Errors Following Laser Surgery.

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    Chung, Byunghoon; Lee, Hun; Choi, Bong Joon; Seo, Kyung Ryul; Kim, Eung Kwon; Kim, Dae Yune; Kim, Tae-Im

    2017-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical efficacy of an optimized prolate ablation procedure for correcting residual refractive errors following laser surgery. We analyzed 24 eyes of 15 patients who underwent an optimized prolate ablation procedure for the correction of residual refractive errors following laser in situ keratomileusis, laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy, or photorefractive keratectomy surgeries. Preoperative ophthalmic examinations were performed, and uncorrected distance visual acuity, corrected distance visual acuity, manifest refraction values (sphere, cylinder, and spherical equivalent), point spread function, modulation transfer function, corneal asphericity (Q value), ocular aberrations, and corneal haze measurements were obtained postoperatively at 1, 3, and 6 months. Uncorrected distance visual acuity improved and refractive errors decreased significantly at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. Total coma aberration increased at 3 and 6 months postoperatively, while changes in all other aberrations were not statistically significant. Similarly, no significant changes in point spread function were detected, but modulation transfer function increased significantly at the postoperative time points measured. The optimized prolate ablation procedure was effective in terms of improving visual acuity and objective visual performance for the correction of persistent refractive errors following laser surgery.

  5. Clinical Outcomes of an Optimized Prolate Ablation Procedure for Correcting Residual Refractive Errors Following Laser Surgery

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    Chung, Byunghoon; Lee, Hun; Choi, Bong Joon; Seo, Kyung Ryul; Kim, Eung Kwon; Kim, Dae Yune

    2017-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical efficacy of an optimized prolate ablation procedure for correcting residual refractive errors following laser surgery. Methods We analyzed 24 eyes of 15 patients who underwent an optimized prolate ablation procedure for the correction of residual refractive errors following laser in situ keratomileusis, laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy, or photorefractive keratectomy surgeries. Preoperative ophthalmic examinations were performed, and uncorrected distance visual acuity, corrected distance visual acuity, manifest refraction values (sphere, cylinder, and spherical equivalent), point spread function, modulation transfer function, corneal asphericity (Q value), ocular aberrations, and corneal haze measurements were obtained postoperatively at 1, 3, and 6 months. Results Uncorrected distance visual acuity improved and refractive errors decreased significantly at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. Total coma aberration increased at 3 and 6 months postoperatively, while changes in all other aberrations were not statistically significant. Similarly, no significant changes in point spread function were detected, but modulation transfer function increased significantly at the postoperative time points measured. Conclusions The optimized prolate ablation procedure was effective in terms of improving visual acuity and objective visual performance for the correction of persistent refractive errors following laser surgery. PMID:28243019

  6. Ocular drug permeation following experimental excimer laser treatment on the isolated pig eye.

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    Scholz, Martina; Schründer, Stephan; Gärtner, Sven; Keipert, Sigrid; Hartmann, Christian; Pleyer, Uwe

    2002-04-01

    Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a well-established procedure which is frequently applied to correct myopia. Since structural alterations of the corneal epithelium occur after the treatment, a different drug permeation can be assumed. To investigate the effects of PRK on drug permeation, excimer laser ablations with varying depths were performed on isolated pig eyes. The permeation of lipophilic (diclofenac-sodium; D-Na) and hydrophilic (pilocarpine-hydrochloride; P-HCl model drugs were studied in vitro. Under these experimental conditions, P-HCl demonstrated a significant (p < 0.05) enhancement of permeation in relation to the ablation depth. In contrast, corneal epithelial thickness scarcely influenced the permeation rate of D-Na. Not until removing the entire epithelium did a significantly increased permeability occur, when compared to untreated cornea. These results suggest that PRK may significantly reduce the corneal barrier function and alter pharmacokinetics of topical medication.

  7. Necrotizing Keratitis after Laser Refractive Surgery in Patients with Inactive Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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    Aman-Ullah, Muhammad; Gimbel, Howard V.; Purba, Mona K.; van Westenbrugge, John A.

    2012-01-01

    Two cases of necrotizing keratitis following laser refractive corneal surgery, with stable and controlled Crohn's disease are described. A 40-year-old woman developed bilateral stromal inflammation and inferior thinning in the right eye along the flap edge within 1 day of uneventful bilateral IntraLase laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. The other case is a 30-year-old man who also developed bilateral inferior stromal infiltrates 2 days following photorefractive keratectomy. Both cases were aggressively treated with systemic and topical corticosteroids. The infiltrates in both patients gradually resolved, with one relapse during the 7 months period of follow-up in the first case. These cases highlight the importance of taking precautions considering this and similar autoimmune conditions as a relative contraindication to refractive surgery. PMID:22611369

  8. Cross-polarization beam coupling in photorefractive GaAs crystals

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    Cheng, Li-Jen; Yeh, Pochi

    1988-01-01

    Theoretical and experimental investigations on the cross-polarization coupling of two contradirectional laser beams in a photorefractive GaAs crystal are reported. There is good agreement between these results.

  9. Developing photorefractive glass composites

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    Duignan, Jason P.; Taylor, Lesley L.; Cook, Gary

    2002-01-01

    The production of a transparent photorefractive glass composite would offer a useful alternative to bulk crystal materials. We aim to produce such a material by incorporating single domain photorefractive Fe:LiNbO3 particles into a refractive index matched glass host. This glass host is also required to be chemically compatible with the photorefractive material. This compatibility will ensure that the Fe:LiNbO3 particles added to the host glass will remain in the intended crystalline phase and not simply dissolve in the glass. Due to the high refractive index of the Fe:LiNbO3 (no equals 2.35 532 nm), producing a chemically compatible and refractive index matched glass host is technically challenging. By examining common Tellurite, Bismuthate, and Gallate glasses as a starting point and then developing new and hybrid glasses, we have succeeded in producing a chemically compatible glass host and also a refractive index matched glass host. We have produced preliminary glass composite samples which contain a large amount of Fe:LiNbO3. We are currently able to retain nearly 90% of the incorporated Fe:LiNbO3 in the correct crystalline phase, a substantial improvement over previous work conducted in this area in recent years. In this paper we present our progress and findings in this area.

  10. The photorefractive characteristics of bismuth-oxide doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Yao, Jiaying; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Zhang, Ling; Chen, Shaolin; Xu, Jingjun

    2015-01-15

    Bismuth-doped lithium niobate (LN:Bi) crystals were grown by Czochralski method and their optical damage resistance, photorefraction, absorption spectra, and defect energy levels were investigated. The experimental results indicate that the photorefractive properties of LN:Bi were enhanced as compared with congruent one, the photorefractive response time was greatly shortened, the photorefractive sensitivity was increased, and the diffraction efficiency of near-stoichiometric LN:Bi (SLN:Bi) reached 31.72% and 49.08% at 532 nm and 488 nm laser, respectively (light intensity of 400 mW/cm{sup 2}). An absorption peak at about 350 nm was observed in the absorption spectrum of LN:Bi. And the defect energy levels simulation indicates new defect levels appear in the forbidden gap of LN:Bi crystals. Therefore bismuth can act as photorefractive centers in LN crystals.

  11. The photorefractive characteristics of bismuth-oxide doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Yao, Jiaying; Zhang, Ling; Chen, Shaolin; Xu, Jingjun

    2015-01-01

    Bismuth-doped lithium niobate (LN:Bi) crystals were grown by Czochralski method and their optical damage resistance, photorefraction, absorption spectra, and defect energy levels were investigated. The experimental results indicate that the photorefractive properties of LN:Bi were enhanced as compared with congruent one, the photorefractive response time was greatly shortened, the photorefractive sensitivity was increased, and the diffraction efficiency of near-stoichiometric LN:Bi (SLN:Bi) reached 31.72% and 49.08% at 532 nm and 488 nm laser, respectively (light intensity of 400 mW/cm2). An absorption peak at about 350 nm was observed in the absorption spectrum of LN:Bi. And the defect energy levels simulation indicates new defect levels appear in the forbidden gap of LN:Bi crystals. Therefore bismuth can act as photorefractive centers in LN crystals.

  12. CALL FOR PAPERS: Photorefractive Materials and Effects for Photonics

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    2003-01-01

    Guest editors: Professor Valentin Vlad National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania Professor Eugenio Fazio Università di Roma `La Sapienza', Italy Professor Mike Damzen Imperial College, London, UK A topical issue of Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics will be devoted to papers reporting new results in the field of photorefractive effects and their applications in photonics. The topics to be covered will include, but are not limited to: bulletnew photorefractive materials (fast, sensitive in IR) bulletwave mixing in photorefractives bulletphotorefractive phase conjugators bulletholographic storage in photorefractive materials bulletphotorefractive spatial solitons bulletadaptive interconnection with photorefractive devices bulletphase conjugate interferometry bulletoptical analogue and digital computing (including optical correlators) bulletother applications and devices using photorefractive effects. The topical issue is scheduled for publication in November 2003. All papers will be peer reviewed and the normal refereeing standards of Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics will be maintained. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the general guidelines for authors published in the journal. Full details on how to structure an article, including specific information on figures, tables and references, are available from our Web site at www.iop.org/journals/authors/jopa. There are no page charges. In addition to the usual 25 free offprints, the contributing author of each paper published will receive a complimentary copy of the topical issue. Manuscripts should be submitted to the Publisher by 1 May 2003, although authors are strongly encouraged to submit their work as soon as possible. Please include a covering letter stating that the submission is intended for the Photorefractive Materials and Effects for Photonics special issue, to avoid treatment as a regular submission. Submission address: Dr Claire Blay

  13. [Relationship between corneal surface temperature and air flow conditions during refractive laser eye surgery using three different excimer lasers].

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    Szekrényesi, Csaba; Sándor, Gábor László; Gyenes, Andrea; Kiss, Huba; Filkorn, Tamás; Nagy, Zoltán

    2016-10-01

    Thermal conditions during photorefractive keratectomy might be an important issue related to the corneal wound healing and long-term outcomes. Authors tried to find out the importance of temperature conditions during the treatment. One eye of 90 patients has been included into the study. Photorefractive keratoctomy was applied with Carl Zeiss MEL 70, MEL 80 and Wavelight Allegretto excimer lasers. EBRO TLC 730 infrared thermometer was used for the measurement of surface temperature of the cornea before epithelial removal, as well as before and after the treatment. Average age of the patients was 25.5 ± 3 yr. Average myopic correction was -3.2 ± 0.8 Dpt. Statistically significant difference was found in temperature change between MEL 80 and the other two types of excimer laser devices. Different air flow conditions of the smoke removal system might have an influence on changes of the corneal temperature during treatment, but the refractive results were not influenced by this issue. Orv. Hetil., 2016, 157(43), 1717-1721.

  14. An Airy beam as a self-similar solution to the problem of slit laser beam propagation in a linear medium and in a photorefractive crystal with diffusion nonlinearity

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    Makarov, V A; Petnikova, V M; Shuvalov, V V

    2013-10-31

    We have analysed self-similar solutions to the propagation problem of a slit beam with a plane wavefront in a linear medium and in a photorefractive crystal with diffusion nonlinearity. It is shown that in the latter case, despite the presence of the nonlinear term in the wave equation, the linear superposition principle holds true for the solutions of this class due to saturation. At the same time, the mirror symmetry violation of the wave equation for the transverse coordinate in the nonlinear case and the requirement to the spatial localisation modify one of the localised partial solutions (Airy beam) to the corresponding linear problem and prohibit the existence of other solutions of this class. (laser beams)

  15. Dynamic photorefractive self-amplified angular-multiplex 2-D optical beam-array generation

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    Zhou, Shaomin; Yeh, Pochi; Liu, Hua-Kuang

    1993-01-01

    A real-time 2-D angular-multiplex beam-array holographic storage and reconstruction technique using electrically-addressed spatial light modulators(E-SLM's) and photorefractive crystals is described. Using a liquid crystal television (LCTV) spatial light modulator (SLM) for beam steering and lithium niobate photorefractive crystal for holographic recording, experimental results of generating large and complicated arrays of laser beams with high diffraction efficiency and good uniformity are presented.

  16. Magnetic Properties of Photorefractive Indium Phosphide

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    Syed, Maarij; Siahmakoun, Azad

    2000-03-01

    We have investigated and observed room temperature Faraday rotation in semi-insulating, semiconductor photorefractive InP:Fe crystals. The iron concentration in the sample is measured to be about 10^16m-3. The laser beam traverses 5.7 mm of the crystal length. Sample dimensions are (2x5.7x7)mm^3 and the crsystal is cut along (110) direction. The experiments are carried out in the standard Faraday geometry. Lasers of wavelengths 980, 830, and 780 nm are used to study the effect of band gap on Faraday rotation. We find that the magnitude of Faraday rotation is comparable to rotation in previously studied diluted magnetic semiconductors(J. K. Furdyna, J. Appl. Physics. 64(4), August 1998) where it is a very sensitive function of the bandgap. Our preliminary results show a rotation of approximately 45±0.5 degrees for field values of 1±0.05 Tesla at 980±15 nm excitation wavelength. Earlier studies(Dirk Jürgens, Master's Thesis, Rose-Hulman Institute of Tech., May 1999) involving two-wave mixing have shown the presence of a temperature dependent resonance for these crystals. We will report on a temperature tuning effect in Faraday rotation. In addition to a wealth of experimental results, we will present some insights into the possible connection between the theoretical models of photorefractive and magneto-optic InP:Fe.

  17. Recent advancements in photorefractive holographic imaging

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    Lynn, B.; Blanche, P.-A.; Bablumian, A.; Rankin, R.; Voorakaranam, R.; St. Hilaire, P.; LaComb, L., Jr.; Yamamoto, M.; Peyghambarian, N.

    2013-02-01

    We have recently demonstrated several improvements in material properties and optical design to increase the resolution, size, brightness, and color range of updatable holograms using photorefractive materials. A compact system has been developed that is capable of producing holograms with brightness in excess of 2,500 cd/m2 using less than 20mW of CW laser power. The size of the hologram has been increased to 300mm × 150mm with a writing time of less than 8 seconds using a 50 Hz pulse laser. Optical improvements have been implemented to reduce the hogel size to less than 200 μm. We have optimized the color gamut to extend beyond the NTSC CIE color space through a combination of spatial and polarization multiplexing. Further improvements could bring applications in telemedicine, prototyping, advertising, updatable 3D maps and entertainment.

  18. Stimulated scattering and phase conjugation in photorefractive materials

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    Feinberg, Jack

    1992-01-01

    Applications and properties of nonlinear optical materials were studied, especially photorefractive crystals. A summary includes eight areas of inquiry: (1) demonstration of a new technique for seeing an object buried in or behind a scattering medium using time-resolved holography in a spectral hole-burning material; (2) demonstration of an all-optical switchboard using stimulated, mutually-pumped phase conjugation in a photorefractive crystal; (3) use of optical novelty filters to detect small changes in an optical scene; (4) invention of an electric field correlator to measure the coherence length of picosecond laser pulses, using two-wave mixing in a photorefractive crystal; (5) derivation of a theory of beam coupling and pulse shaping picosecond light pulses in photorefractive crystals; (6) development of a new, multiple level model to explain the nonlinear photoconductivity of barium titanate crystals; (7) investigation of the role of absorption gratings in beam coupling in barium titanate crystals and showing how these gratings can conveniently be used to determine the density of charge in these crystals; and (8) explanation of how stimulated processes cause the curved beam paths observed in mutually-pumped and self-pumped phase conjugators.

  19. Photorefractive polymer device with improved sensitizing property

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    Nguyen, Tam V.; Giang, Ha N.; Kinashi, K.; Sakai, W.; Tsutsumi, N.

    2015-09-01

    photorefractive (PR) application because of a fast hole mobility. In most of the previous studies, phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) was used as a sensitizer. In this study, a high-performance charge generator perylene bisimide (PBI) is synthesized and added into the composite. PBI derivatives owning a large core of π-conjugated rings provide a high electron affinity and high charge carrier mobility. These features are promising to improve PR properties. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time for using a combine of PCBM and PBI to improve the PR performance of PDAA-based composites. 2-(4-(azepan-1-yl)benzylidene)malononitrile (7-DCST) is used as a nonlinear optical chromophore. (4-diphenylamino)phenyl)methanol (TPAOH) is used as a plasticizer. Consequently, a diffraction efficiency of 76 % and a response time of 8 ms were obtained with 532 nm green laser under the electric field of 55 V μm-1. As a conclusion, the introduction of PBI is a promising approach for the photorefractive composite owning the video rate response.

  20. Photorefractive sol-gel materials

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    Chaput, F.; Boilot, J.P.; Gacoin, T.; Darracq, B.; Riehl, D.; Canva, M.; Levy, Y.; Brun, A.

    1996-12-31

    The authors report the synthesis and characterization of photorefractive sol-gel materials that possess covalently attached push-pull azobenzene and carbazole moieties. Molecular structural characterization of the modified silane monomers was achieved by {sup 1}H NMR and infra red spectroscopy. The second-order nonlinear optical properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid films prepared from modified silane monomers were evaluated by second-harmonic generation. The stabilized value of the second harmonic coefficient, d{sub 33}, of films poled by corona discharge, at 1,064 nm fundamental wavelength was found to be 107 pm/V. Photorefractivity was clearly displayed from a two beam coupling experiment.

  1. Holographic Optical Storage Using Photorefractive Polymers

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    Hayden, L. Michael; Strutz, Shane J.; Harris, Kristi; Ayachitula, Rajani

    2000-01-01

    The task for this report is to perform the basic research and develop a prototype benchtop holographic optical storage system based on photochromic and/or photorefractive polymers so that both permanent and erasable images may be stored and retrieved in the same mixed polymer medium. The task consist of: assembly and setup of the benchtop holographic storage system, including lasers, optics, and other ancillary equipment in a laboratory setting; and research and development of a suitable polymer matrix that will allow practical storage and retrieval of digital data. This will necessitate molecular design of the matrices involved and subsequent physics test to verify the characteristics of the matrices provide practical storage and retrieval.

  2. Stimulated Photorefractive Optical Neural Networks

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    1992-12-15

    This final report describes research in optical neural networks performed under DARPA sponsorship at Hughes Aircraft Company during the period 1989...in photorefractive crystals. This approach reduces crosstalk and improves the utilization of the optical input device. Successfully implemented neural ... networks include the Perceptron, Bidirectional Associative Memory, and multi-layer backpropagation networks. Up to 104 neurons, 2xl0(7) weights, and

  3. Evaluation of Topical Cyclosporine in Preventing the Development of Corneal Haze after Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    2014-05-13

    cataracts , ocular hypertension, and glaucoma. 5,6 Because of the side effect profiles of these two common medications, refractive surgeons have...masked study. Journal of cataract and refractive surgery 2002;28:93-9. 8. Bannale SG, Pundarikaksha HP, Sowbhagya HN. A Prospective, Open-label Study to...after Cataract Extraction. Journal of clinical and diagnostic research : JCDR 2012;6:1499-503. 9. Tempest-Roe S, Joshi L, Dick AD, Taylor SR. Local

  4. Effects of Positive Acceleration on Corneal Stability in Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) Subjects

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    2005-06-01

    Corneal Topography …………………..………………………………... 17 Visual Acuity…………………………………………………………..... 18 Discussion...Change As A Function of +Gz………………………. 15 Figure 12: Autokeratometry Changes As A Function Of +Gz……………………. 16 Figure 13: Corneal Topography ...both eyes within 10 minutes. Corneal topography data was collected using the EyeSys Vista™ HANDHELD CORNEAL TOPOGRAPHER (HCT) (Figure 8

  5. Excimer laser surface ablation: a review of recent literature.

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    O'Brart, David P S

    2014-01-01

    The aim was to review the recently published literature on excimer laser surface ablation procedures, including photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), laser sub-epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK), microkeratome-assisted PRK (epi-LASIK) and trans-epithelial (laser-assisted) PRK, to help elucidate where and how surface ablation may best fit into current refractive surgical practice. The emphasis was on publications within the last three years and included systemic reviews, meta-analyses and randomised controlled trials. Where such evidence did not exist, selective large series cohort studies, case-controlled studies and case series with follow-up preferably greater than six months were examined and included. Refractive and visual outcomes are excellent and comparable to those after LASIK even in complex cases after previous corneal surgery. Indeed, surface ablation combined with corneal collagen cross-linking may be used in selected eyes with biomechanical instability, where LASIK is contraindicated. In addition, there is evidence to suggest that there may be less induction of higher order aberrations with surface techniques. Long-term stability and safety appear to be extremely satisfactory. The literature supports the use of modern excimer laser surface treatments, with outcomes comparable to those after LASIK and evidence of less induction of higher-order aberrations. Follow-up studies at 10 to 20 years indicate excellent stability and safety. © 2013 The Author. Clinical and Experimental Optometry © 2013 Optometrists Association Australia.

  6. Two-Step Processes and IR Recording in Photorefractive Crystals

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    Kraetzig, Eckhard; Buse, Karsten

    Two-step excitation processes have been used for hologram storage in photorefractive crystals. By this means the interference pattern can be formed with red or near-IR light and nondestructive readout of information is possible. Often shallow levels are involved in the holographic recording process in photorefractive crystals. The shallow levels can be populated by illumination with visible or UV pulses forming states with relatively long lifetimes, thus sensitizing the crystals for holographic recording with IR pulses. In LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 the most important shallow levels have been identified. They result from NbLi^5+ and TaLi^5+ antisite defects (Nb5+ or Ta5+ on Li+ site). The crystals can also be pre-illuminated with visible light from a cw argon laser or a xenon lamp and holograms can be recorded with red light from a laser diode. The sensitization process is possible for other photorefractive crystals, too. The holograms can be read nondestructively with IR light and can be erased with green light. The hologram lifetime is limited by electron tunneling or by an ionic conductivity. Lifetimes up to years can be achieved. Recording of components for telecommunication applications with IR light allows one to create reconfigurable and thus more versatile devices.

  7. Future of photorefractive based holographic 3D display

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    Blanche, P.-A.; Bablumian, A.; Voorakaranam, R.; Christenson, C.; Lemieux, D.; Thomas, J.; Norwood, R. A.; Yamamoto, M.; Peyghambarian, N.

    2010-02-01

    The very first demonstration of our refreshable holographic display based on photorefractive polymer was published in Nature early 20081. Based on the unique properties of a new organic photorefractive material and the holographic stereography technique, this display addressed a gap between large static holograms printed in permanent media (photopolymers) and small real time holographic systems like the MIT holovideo. Applications range from medical imaging to refreshable maps and advertisement. Here we are presenting several technical solutions for improving the performance parameters of the initial display from an optical point of view. Full color holograms can be generated thanks to angular multiplexing, the recording time can be reduced from minutes to seconds with a pulsed laser, and full parallax hologram can be recorded in a reasonable time thanks to parallel writing. We also discuss the future of such a display and the possibility of video rate.

  8. Ultrasonic Imaging of Subsurface Objects Using Photorefractive Dynamic Holography

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    Deason, Vance Albert; Telschow, Kenneth Louis; Watson, Scott Marshall

    2001-07-01

    The INEEL has developed a photorefractive ultrasonic imaging technology that records both phase and amplitude of ultrasonic waves on the surface of solids. Phase locked dynamic holography provides full field images of these waves scattered from subsurface defects in solids, and these data are compared with theoretical predictions. Laser light reflected by a vibrating surface is imaged into a photorefractive material where it is mixed in a heterodyne technique with a reference wave. This demodulates the data and provides an image of the ultrasonic waves in either 2 wave or 4 wave mixing mode. These data images are recorded at video frame rates and show phase locked traveling or resonant acoustic waves. This technique can be used over a broad range of ultrasonic frequencies. Acoustic frequencies from 2 kHz to 10 MHz have been imaged, and a point measuring (non-imaging) version of the system has measured picometer amplitudes at 1 GHz.

  9. Optical Modulation Via The Photorefractive Effect

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    Cheng, Li-Jen; Partovi, A.; Garmire, E.

    1990-01-01

    Rotation of polarization and use of analyzer yield large variations in intensity. Experiments show one beam of light used to change intensity of another beam via photorefractive effect in GaAs. Each beam causes polarization of other beam to rotate. Rotation detected by passing modulated beam through analyzer. Results agree closely with predictions of theory of photorefractive effect. Modulation scheme works with other photorefractive materials of similar crystallographic symmetry.

  10. The 2014 Bowman Lecture—Bowman's and Bruch's: a tale of two membranes during the laser revolution

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    Marshall, J

    2015-01-01

    To describe the historical evolution of the role of lasers in effecting therapeutic changes in the four acellular membranes of the eye. Over the past 50 years, iterative developments have been instituted in lasers used for various forms of eye surgery predominately on the basis of data generated in early experiments in the 1960s to determine thresholds for damage and their incorporation in codes of practice for laser safety. The evolutionary steps are described. Excimer laser technology resulted in the generation of the new field of laser refractive surgery with over 40 million individuals now having undergone procedures such as photorefractive keratectomy and LASIK. Developments in lasers used for various forms of retinal surgery have undergone changes involving shorter and shorter pulse durations together with changes in beam energy distribution with implications for potential intervention in AMD prophylactically. Lasers have made a major impact on surgical treatment on all four acellular membranes of the eye but particularly Bowman's membrane in refractive surgery, where it has been demonstrated that it can be removed without significant consequences for eye health or vision. PMID:25567376

  11. The 2014 Bowman Lecture-Bowman's and Bruch's: a tale of two membranes during the laser revolution.

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    Marshall, J

    2015-01-01

    To describe the historical evolution of the role of lasers in effecting therapeutic changes in the four acellular membranes of the eye. Over the past 50 years, iterative developments have been instituted in lasers used for various forms of eye surgery predominately on the basis of data generated in early experiments in the 1960s to determine thresholds for damage and their incorporation in codes of practice for laser safety. The evolutionary steps are described. Excimer laser technology resulted in the generation of the new field of laser refractive surgery with over 40 million individuals now having undergone procedures such as photorefractive keratectomy and LASIK. Developments in lasers used for various forms of retinal surgery have undergone changes involving shorter and shorter pulse durations together with changes in beam energy distribution with implications for potential intervention in AMD prophylactically. Lasers have made a major impact on surgical treatment on all four acellular membranes of the eye but particularly Bowman's membrane in refractive surgery, where it has been demonstrated that it can be removed without significant consequences for eye health or vision.

  12. Recent advances in photorefractive polymers

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    Thomas, Jayan; Christenson, C. W.; Lynn, B.; Blanche, P.-A.; Voorakaranam, R.; Norwood, R. A.; Yamamoto, M.; Peyghambarian, N.

    2011-10-01

    Photorefractive composites derived from conducting polymers offer the advantage of dynamically recording holograms without the need for processing of any kind. Thus, they are the material of choice for many cutting edge applications, such as updatable three-dimensional (3D) displays and 3D telepresence. Using photorefractive polymers, 3D images or holograms can be seen with the unassisted eye and are very similar to how humans see the actual environment surrounding them. Absence of a large-area and dynamically updatable holographic recording medium has prevented realization of the concept. The development of a novel nonlinear optical chromophore doped photoconductive polymer composite as the recording medium for a refreshable holographic display is discussed. Further improvements in the polymer composites could bring applications in telemedicine, advertising, updatable 3D maps and entertainment.

  13. Advances in pulsed holographic interferometry with photorefractive crystals

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    Georges, Marc P.; Pauliat, Gilles; Alexeenko, I.; Pedrini, Giancarlo; Lemaire, Philippe C.; Roosen, Gerald

    2004-06-01

    Photorefractive crystals offer many advantages over other classical holographic recording media. They allow fast in-situ processable holographic recording as well as indefinite reusability. Moreover high signal-to-noise ratio can be reached as well as high resolutions. We present the results obtained by pulsed holographic interferometry obtained with photorefractive crystals. First experiments showing the potentiality of photorefractive crystals for such applications will be reviewed. Some limitations were pointed out and led us to consider new developments under the frame of an European-funded project. The PHIFE European project (Pulsed Holographic Interferometer for the analysis of Fast Events) aims at developing a full field measurement system at a high repetition rate, based on a double-pulse YAG Q-switch laser. This device will be used for the analysis of vibrations and for aerodynamic studies. Different crystals are considered which are adapted to the fundamental line of the YAG (AsGa or CdTe crystals) or after frequency doubling at 532 nm (Bi12SiO20). Different crystal configurations and recording geometries are compared. Also different innovative phase quantification techniques are studied and take into account some special properties of the PRCs. We present the results obtained so far in the first development phases of the project.

  14. Photorefractive polymer composites fabricated by injection molding

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    Herlocker, J. A.; Fuentes-Hernandez, C.; Wang, J. F.; Peyghambarian, N.; Kippelen, B.; Zhang, Q.; Marder, S. R.

    2002-02-01

    We report on the fabrication of bulk samples of photorefractive polymers using the injection molding technique. The photorefractive properties of these materials are evaluated by four-wave mixing and two-beam coupling experiments. Samples with good optical quality, high diffraction efficiency, and net optical gain are obtained.

  15. Optical processing using photorefractive GaAs and InP

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    Liu, Duncan T. H.; Cheng, Li-Jen; Luke, Keung L.

    1991-01-01

    The unique features of photorefractive compound semiconductors are presented. The advantages of this class of nonlinear optical materials for optical processing are illustrated with examples using GaAs and InP. The difference between GaAs and InP in the laser power density requirement is discussed.

  16. Optical processing using photorefractive GaAs and InP

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    Liu, Duncan T. H.; Cheng, Li-Jen; Luke, Keung L.

    1991-01-01

    The unique features of photorefractive compound semiconductors are presented. The advantages of this class of nonlinear optical materials for optical processing are illustrated with examples using GaAs and InP. The difference between GaAs and InP in the laser power density requirement is discussed.

  17. Continuous-wave Z-scan measurement of photorefractive SBN:60.

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    Siahmakoun, A; Breitling, D; Najaf-Zadeh, R A

    2000-10-10

    A cw-probe Z-scan technique was employed to measure the photoinduced index change in a photorefractive SBN:60 crystal. For this experiment a three-detector data-acquisition system was used to account for temporal changes in the laser. The effects of various beam parameters such as intensity, polarization, and wavelength were studied. A theoretical simulation of the Z scan based on a band-transport model of photorefractive-index variation was also developed. This model provides reasonable agreement with the experimental results.

  18. Temperature and intensity dependence of photorefractive effect in GaAs

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    Cheng, Li-Jen; Partovi, Afshin

    1986-01-01

    The photorefractive effect in semi-insulating Cr-doped GaAs as measured by the beam coupling technique was investigated as functions of temperature (295-386 K) and intensity (0.15-98 mW/sq cm of 1.15-micron light beams from a He-Ne laser). Results show that the photorefractive effect deteriorates rapidly over a narrow range of temperature as temperature rises, and that this characteristic temperature increases with the logarithm of beam intensity. The observed phenomenon is attributed to the competing effects of the dark- and light-induced conductivities.

  19. Collagen crosslinking for ectasia following PRK performed in excimer laser-assisted keratoplasty for keratoconus.

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    Spadea, Leopoldo

    2012-01-01

    To report the results of corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) in a patient with corneal ectasia developed after excimer laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty for keratoconus and a secondary photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for residual refractive error. A 33-year-old woman, who had originally been treated for keratoconus in the right eye by excimer laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty, subsequently had her residual ametropia treated by topographically guided, transepithelial excimer laser PRK. Five years after PRK, the patient developed corneal ectasia showing concomitant visual changes of best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) reduced to 20/33 with a refraction of -6.00 +6.00 × 30. The minimum corneal thickness at the ectasia apex was 406 µm. A treatment of riboflavin-UVA-induced corneal CXL was performed on the right eye. Two years after the CXL treatment, the right eye improved to 20/20 BSCVA with a refraction of plano +1.00 × 50 while exhibiting a clear lamellar graft. Corneal CXL provided safe and effective management of ectasia developed after excimer laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty and PRK.

  20. Geometry and fluence effects on photorefractive polymer devices for holography

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    Lynn, Brittany

    This work presents the recent advances in photorefractive polymers for use in updatable holographic displays. A model with which to predict the effect of coplanar electrode geometry on diffraction uniformity in photorefractive (PR) polymer display devices was developed. Assumptions made in the standard use cases with constant electric field throughout the bulk of the media are no longer valid in the regions of extreme electric fields present in this type of device. Using electric field induced second harmonic generation (EFISHG) observed with multiphoton microscopy, the physical response in regions of internal electric fields which fall outside the standard regimes of validity were probed. Adjustments to the standard model were made, and the results of the new model were corroborated by holographic four-wave mixing measurements. The recent development of a single mode fiber-based pulsed laser with variable pulse length, energy, and repetition rate has enabled the characterization of photorefractive devices in a previously inaccessible regime located between millisecond and nanosecond pulse recording. A pulse width range of nine orders of magnitude opens the door to device and supporting laser optimization for use in video-rate holographic display. Device optimization has resulted in 5x improvement in single pulse four-wave mixing diffraction efficiencies to 10 - 11.5 % at pulse widths ranging between 6 ns and 100 mus. The grating recording time was likewise reduced by 5x to 16 ms at an applied bias of 72.5 V/mum. These improvements support 30 Hz update rates, which combined with the 3.3 - 10 kHz repetition rate pulsed laser, pave the way for real-time updatable holographic display.

  1. Optical Processing With Photorefractive Semiconductors

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    Cheng, Li-Jen; Gheen, Gregory

    1989-01-01

    Experimental phase-conjugate four-wave-mixing apparatus used to demonstrate capabilities of GaAs (and potentially of other photorefractive semiconductors like InP and CdTe) for optical processing of information. With modifications, performs any of three basic image-processing functions: transfer to different light beam, enhancement of edges, and autocorrelation. Includes crystal of GaAs of 5 by 9 by 9 mm with cubic crystalline axes. Advantages include high speed and compatibilty with other semiconductor devices.

  2. Improved Interferometric Photorefractive Optical Processor

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    Cheng, Li-Jen; Liu, Tsuen-Hsi

    1991-01-01

    Processing speed increased substantially. Improved optical interferometric image-processing scheme based on four-wave mixing via photorefractive effect in GaAs or InP. Gives rise to index-of-refraction gratings acting as phase-conjugate mirrors: interactions among four input beams generate wave-front-reversed replicas of two of these beams. Each phase-conjugate beam travels precisely back along path of corresponding input beam, regardless of angle of incidence. Any distortions introduced into input beam during forward propagation removed from phase-conjugate beam during backward propagation.

  3. Optical Processing With Photorefractive Semiconductors

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    Cheng, Li-Jen; Gheen, Gregory

    1989-01-01

    Experimental phase-conjugate four-wave-mixing apparatus used to demonstrate capabilities of GaAs (and potentially of other photorefractive semiconductors like InP and CdTe) for optical processing of information. With modifications, performs any of three basic image-processing functions: transfer to different light beam, enhancement of edges, and autocorrelation. Includes crystal of GaAs of 5 by 9 by 9 mm with cubic crystalline axes. Advantages include high speed and compatibilty with other semiconductor devices.

  4. Scanning mid-IR laser apparatus with eye tracking for refractive surgery

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    Telfair, William B.; Yoder, Paul R., Jr.; Bekker, Carsten; Hoffman, Hanna J.; Jensen, Eric F.

    1999-06-01

    A robust, real-time, dynamic eye tracker has been integrated with the short pulse mid-infrared laser scanning delivery system previously described. This system employs a Q- switched Nd:YAG laser pumped optical parametric oscillator operating at 2.94 micrometers. Previous ablation studies on human cadaver eyes and in-vivo cat eyes demonstrated very smooth ablations with extremely low damage levels similar to results with an excimer. A 4-month healing study with cats indicated no adverse healing effects. In order to treat human eyes, the tracker is required because the eyes move during the procedure due to both voluntary and involuntary motions such as breathing, heartbeat, drift, loss of fixation, saccades and microsaccades. Eye tracking techniques from the literature were compared. A limbus tracking system was best for this application. Temporal and spectral filtering techniques were implemented to reduce tracking errors, reject stray light, and increase signal to noise ratio. The expanded-capability system (IRVision AccuScan 2000 Laser System) has been tested in the lab on simulated eye targets, glass eyes, cadaver eyes, and live human subjects. Circular targets ranging from 10-mm to 14-mm diameter were successfully tracked. The tracker performed beyond expectations while the system performed myopic photorefractive keratectomy procedures on several legally blind human subjects.

  5. Psychological aspects of excimer laser surgery for myopia: reasons for seeking treatment and patient satisfaction.

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    McGhee, C N; Orr, D; Kidd, B; Stark, C; Bryce, I G; Anastas, C N

    1996-01-01

    AIMS: To determine the reasons patients seek excimer laser treatment for myopia and to measure levels of patient satisfaction with each phase of this relatively new treatment. METHODS: A unique 38 item visual analogue questionnaire was developed and applied to 100 consecutive patients (n = 100) who had undergone excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy for myopia or myopic astigmatism at a single centre. All subjects underwent extensive ophthalmic assessment and patient education before treatment. RESULTS: A 90% response rate was achieved (n = 90). Improved unaided vision (85.6%), freedom from spectacles (83.3%), and difficulties with contact lens wear (72.7%) were the most common reasons for seeking treatment. The majority of patients felt that the quality of their life had improved (85.5%) and 82% felt that the quality of their unaided vision was as good as they had anticipated. overall, 95.5% of patients were pleased that they had undergone this procedure. The vast majority (98.9%) of patients felt that they fully understood the operation pretreatment but almost one quarter (23.9%) found the actual operation distressing. Only 15.7% found postoperative pain did not respond adequately to prescribed analgesia. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates a very high level of patient satisfaction after excimer laser treatment for myopia and myopic astigmatism. It suggests that most patients seek treatment to enjoy better vision free from optical aids and that a high level of patient education preoperatively may establish realistic expectations and satisfaction with overall outcome. PMID:8976697

  6. Novelty filtered optical correlator using photorefractive crystal

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    Liu, Duncan T. H.; Chao, Tien-Hsin; Cheng, Li-Jen

    1992-01-01

    We demonstrate a new optical correlator in which the correlation peak intensity is increased when the matched input object is moving. The basic configuration of the correlator is the same as a VanderLugt optical correlator consisting of a photorefractive crystal. The principal of this new correlator is based on the dynamic grating erasure property of photorefractive materials. The detail of this principle is described.

  7. Photorefractivity in liquid crystalline composite materials

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    Wiederrecht, G.P.; Wasielewski, M.R.

    1997-09-01

    We report recent improvements in the photorefractive of liquid crystalline thin film composites containing electron donor and acceptor molecules. The improvements primarily result from optimization of the exothermicity of the intermolecular charge transfer reaction and improvement of the diffusion characteristics of the photogenerated ions. Intramolecular charge transfer dopants produce greater photorefractivity and a 10-fold decrease in the concentration of absorbing chromophores. The mechanism for the generation of mobile ions is discussed.

  8. Photorefractive Polymers for Updateable 3D Displays

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    2010-02-24

    Final Performance Report 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 01-01-2007 to 11-30-2009 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Photorefractive Polymers for Updateable 3D ...ABSTRACT During the tenure of this project a large area updateable 3D color display has been developed for the first time using a new co-polymer...photorefractive polymers have been demonstrated. Moreover, a 6 inch × 6 inch sample was fabricated demonstrating the feasibility of making large area 3D

  9. Air assisted lamellar keratectomy for the corneal haze model

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    Kim, Soohyun; Park, Young Woo; Lee, Euiri; Park, Sang Wan; Park, Sungwon; Kim, Jong Whi; Seong, Je Kyung

    2015-01-01

    To standardize the corneal haze model in the resection depth and size for efficient corneal haze development, air assisted lamellar keratectomy was performed. The ex vivo porcine corneas were categorized into four groups depending on the trephined depth: 250 µm (G1), 375 µm (G2), 500 µm (G3) and 750 µm (G4). The stroma was equally ablated at the five measurement sites in all groups. Significant differences were observed between the trephined corneal depths for resection and ablated corneal thickness in G1 (p < 0.001). No significant differences were observed between the trephined corneal depth for resection and the ablated corneal thickness in G2, G3, and G4. The resection percentage was similar in all groups after microscopic imaging of corneal sections. Air assisted lamellar keratectomy (AK) and conventional keratectomy (CK) method were applied to six beagles, after which development of corneal haze was evaluated weekly until postoperative day 28. The occurrence of corneal haze in the AK group was significantly higher than that in the CK group beginning 14 days after surgery. Alpha-smooth muscle actin expression was significantly higher in the AK group (p < 0.001) than the CK group. Air assisted lamellar keratectomy was used to achieve the desired corneal thickness after resection and produce sufficient corneal haze. PMID:25797296

  10. Phototherapeutic keratectomy for epithelial basement membrane dystrophy

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    Lee, Wen-Shin; Lam, Carson K; Manche, Edward E

    2017-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to evaluate the long-term efficacy of phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) in treating epithelial basement membrane dystrophy (EBMD). Methods Preoperative and postoperative records were reviewed for 58 eyes of 51 patients with >3 months follow-up (range 3–170 months) treated for EBMD with PTK after failure of conservative medical treatment at Byers Eye Institute of Stanford University. Symptoms, clinical findings, and corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) were assessed. The primary outcome measure was symptomatic recurrence as measured by erosions or visual complaints >3 months after successful PTK. Results For eyes with visual disturbances (n=30), preoperative CDVA waŝ20/32 (0.24 Log-MAR, SD 0.21) and postoperative CDVA was ~20/25 (0.07 LogMAR, SD 0.12; P<0.0001). Twenty-six eyes (86.7%) responded to treatment, with symptomatic recurrence in 6 eyes (23.1%) at an average of 37.7 months (SD 42.8). For eyes with painful erosions (n=29), preoperative CDVA was ~20/25 (0.12, SD 0.19) and postoperative CDVA was ~20/20 (0.05. SD 0.16; P=0.0785). Twenty-three eyes (79.3%) responded to treatment, with symptomatic recurrence in 3 eyes (13.0%) at an average of 9.7 months (SD 1.5). The probability of being recurrence free after a successful treatment for visual disturbances and erosions at 5 years postoperatively was estimated at 83.0% (95% confidence interval 68.7%–97.0%) and 88.0% (95% confidence interval 65.3%–96.6%), respectively. Conclusion The majority of visual disturbances and painful erosions associated with EBMD respond to PTK. For those with a treatment response, symptomatic relief is maintained over long-term follow-up. PMID:28031698

  11. Mechanisms for the reciprocity failure in photorefractive polymers

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    Blanche, Pierre-Alexandre; Lynn, Brittany; Norwood, Robert A.; Peyghambarian, Nasser

    2016-09-01

    We measured the diffraction efficiency response of two photorefractive polymer devices according to the duration of the single laser pulse used to record the hologram. The pulse duration was varied from 6 nanoseconds to 1 second, while the pulse energy density was maintained constant at 30 mJ/cm2. This changed the peak power from 5 ×109 mW to 30 mW. We observed a strong reciprocity failure of the efficiency according to the pulse duration, with a reduction as large as a factor 35 between 1 second and 30 μs pulse duration. At even lower pulse duration (< 30 μs), the efficiency leveled out and remained constant down to the nanosecond exposure time. The same behavior was observed for samples composed of the same material but with and without buffer layers deposited on the electrodes, and different voltages applied during the holographic recording. We explained these experimental results based on the charge transport mechanism involved in the photorefractive process. The plateau is attributed to the single excitation of the charge carriers by short pulses (τp < 30 μs). The increase of efficiency for longer pulse duration (τp > 30 μs) is explained by multiple excitations of the charge carriers that allows longer distance to be traveled from the excitation sites. This longer separation distance between the carriers increases the amplitude of the space-charge field, and improves the index modulation. The understanding of the response of the diffraction efficiency according to the pulse duration is particularly important for the optimization of photorefractive materials to be used at high refresh rate such as in videorate 3D display.

  12. Vorinostat: a potent agent to prevent and treat laser-induced corneal haze.

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    Tandon, Ashish; Tovey, Jonathan C K; Waggoner, Michael R; Sharma, Ajay; Cowden, John W; Gibson, Daniel J; Liu, Yuanjing; Schultz, Gregory S; Mohan, Rajiv R

    2012-04-01

    This study investigated the efficacy and safety of vorinostat, a deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, in the treatment of laser-induced corneal haze following photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in rabbits in vivo and transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFβ1) -induced corneal fibrosis in vitro. Corneal haze in rabbits was produced with -9.00 diopters (D) PRK. Fibrosis in cultured human and rabbit corneal fibroblasts was activated with TGFβ1. Vorinostat (25 μm) was topically applied once for 5 minutes on rabbit cornea immediately after PRK for in vivo studies. Vorinostat (0 to 25 μm) was given to human/rabbit corneal fibroblasts for 5 minutes or 48 hours for in vitro studies. Slit-lamp microscopy, TUNEL assay, and trypan blue were used to determined vorinostat toxicity, whereas real-time polymerase chain reaction, immunocytochemistry, and immunoblotting were used to measure its efficacy. Single 5-minute vorinostat (25 μm) topical application on the cornea following PRK significantly reduced corneal haze (P<.008) and fibrotic marker proteins (α-smooth muscle actin and f-actin; P<.001) without showing redness, swelling, or inflammation in rabbit eyes in vivo screened 4 weeks after PRK. Vorinostat reduced TGFβ1-induced fibrosis in human and rabbit corneas in vitro in a dose-dependent manner without altering cellular viability, phenotype, or proliferation. Vorinostat is non-cytotoxic and safe for the eye and has potential to prevent laser-induced corneal haze in patients undergoing PRK for high myopia. Copyright 2012, SLACK Incorporated.

  13. Surface roughness in PMMA is linearly related to the amount of excimer laser ablation.

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    O'Donnell, C B; Kemner, J; O'Donnell, F E

    1996-01-01

    To determine if surface roughness after excimer laser ablation is a function of the amount of ablation and to identify a standard unit for ablation roughness. We used a VISX 20/20 excimer laser to perform a series of single zone 6-mm diameter ablations (photorefractive keratectomy [PRK]) in polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). Corrections ranged from -1.00 diopter (D) to -15.00 D. A scanning white light interferometry microscope (Zygo Corp, Middlefield, Conn) was used to quantify the surface roughness at the center of each ablation. We found a linear increase in surface roughness as the refractive correction increased. Each diopter increment resulted in an approximately 300 nm increased peak-to-valley measurement. This represented an increase of 25 nm roughness per micron of ablation in PMMA. Surface irregularities in PMMA increase with ablation depth. We propose a unit of measure of roughness, the "ablation," expressed as the peak-to-valley distance in nm/divided by m of ablation.

  14. Multiple grating formation in photorefractive polymers with azo-dye chromophores

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    Smith, Mark A.; King, Nick R.; Mitchell, Geoffrey R.; O'Leary, Sean V.

    1996-10-01

    Photorefractive polymers which incorporate azo-dyes as the nonlinear chromophore element, can be used not only for generating gratings by the photorefractive effect, but also by photoisomerization of the azo-dye. In the latter mechanism, repeated trans-cis isomerization causes the chromophore molecules to become aligned at right angles to the laser polarization direction, thereby making the material birefringent. These two phenomena are to a large degree independent, and can be studied separately, by appropriate choice of polarization direction of the interacting beams. Furthermore, the diffraction efficiency of the photorefractive gratings is a very sensitive function of the poling field strength, while that of the photoisomerization gratings is less so. In this work, we investigate the components diffracted from each of these gratings formed in a hybrid photorefractive polymer material PVK:TNF:DEACST:disperse red 1. We then explore the possibility of performing some simple optical processing applications, exploiting the flexibility provided by this multiple grating process. A scheme for producing a novelty filter, which displays only the moving parts of a scene is considered. The limitations of these films for such processing applications are discussed.

  15. Imaging of transient surface acoustic waves by full-field photorefractive interferometry.

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    Xiong, Jichuan; Xu, Xiaodong; Glorieux, Christ; Matsuda, Osamu; Cheng, Liping

    2015-05-01

    A stroboscopic full-field imaging technique based on photorefractive interferometry for the visualization of rapidly changing surface displacement fields by using of a standard charge-coupled device (CCD) camera is presented. The photorefractive buildup of the space charge field during and after probe laser pulses is simulated numerically. The resulting anisotropic diffraction upon the refractive index grating and the interference between the polarization-rotated diffracted reference beam and the transmitted signal beam are modeled theoretically. The method is experimentally demonstrated by full-field imaging of the propagation of photoacoustically generated surface acoustic waves with a temporal resolution of nanoseconds. The surface acoustic wave propagation in a 23 mm × 17 mm area on an aluminum plate was visualized with 520 × 696 pixels of the CCD sensor, yielding a spatial resolution of 33 μm. The short pulse duration (8 ns) of the probe laser yields the capability of imaging SAWs with frequencies up to 60 MHz.

  16. Imaging of transient surface acoustic waves by full-field photorefractive interferometry

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    Xiong, Jichuan; Xu, Xiaodong; Glorieux, Christ; Matsuda, Osamu; Cheng, Liping

    2015-05-01

    A stroboscopic full-field imaging technique based on photorefractive interferometry for the visualization of rapidly changing surface displacement fields by using of a standard charge-coupled device (CCD) camera is presented. The photorefractive buildup of the space charge field during and after probe laser pulses is simulated numerically. The resulting anisotropic diffraction upon the refractive index grating and the interference between the polarization-rotated diffracted reference beam and the transmitted signal beam are modeled theoretically. The method is experimentally demonstrated by full-field imaging of the propagation of photoacoustically generated surface acoustic waves with a temporal resolution of nanoseconds. The surface acoustic wave propagation in a 23 mm × 17 mm area on an aluminum plate was visualized with 520 × 696 pixels of the CCD sensor, yielding a spatial resolution of 33 μm. The short pulse duration (8 ns) of the probe laser yields the capability of imaging SAWs with frequencies up to 60 MHz.

  17. Imaging of transient surface acoustic waves by full-field photorefractive interferometry

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    Xiong, Jichuan; Xu, Xiaodong E-mail: christ.glorieux@fys.kuleuven.be; Glorieux, Christ E-mail: christ.glorieux@fys.kuleuven.be; Matsuda, Osamu; Cheng, Liping

    2015-05-15

    A stroboscopic full-field imaging technique based on photorefractive interferometry for the visualization of rapidly changing surface displacement fields by using of a standard charge-coupled device (CCD) camera is presented. The photorefractive buildup of the space charge field during and after probe laser pulses is simulated numerically. The resulting anisotropic diffraction upon the refractive index grating and the interference between the polarization-rotated diffracted reference beam and the transmitted signal beam are modeled theoretically. The method is experimentally demonstrated by full-field imaging of the propagation of photoacoustically generated surface acoustic waves with a temporal resolution of nanoseconds. The surface acoustic wave propagation in a 23 mm × 17 mm area on an aluminum plate was visualized with 520 × 696 pixels of the CCD sensor, yielding a spatial resolution of 33 μm. The short pulse duration (8 ns) of the probe laser yields the capability of imaging SAWs with frequencies up to 60 MHz.

  18. Noise in chi (3) and photorefractive amplifiers

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    Sternklar, Shmuel; Glick, Yaakov

    1995-12-01

    A comparison of the noise characteristics of chi (3) and photorefractive coherent amplifiers reveals basic differences in their dependence on operating parameters. Unlike all types of chi (3) amplifiers, which are shown to have a well-defined optimum working point in the region of the self-stimulated scattering threshold, the photorefractive amplifier can be made increasingly quieter by lowering the pump power. This is demonstrated by use of highly doped Co:BaTiO3 in a tight-focus reflection grating geometry. It is shown that scattering from inhomogeneities in the crystal is the major limiting noise source and is significantly higher than predictions resulting from fundamental considerations such as random space-charge noise. An extremely high small-signal gain of 107 was measured with this crystal and geometry. To our knowledge this is the highest photorefractive gain reported to date.

  19. Stimulated photorefractive optical neural networks

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    Owechko, Y.; Dunning, G.; Nordin, G.; Soffer, B. H.

    1992-12-01

    This final report describes research in optical neural networks performed under DARPA sponsorship at Hughes Aircraft Company during the period 1989-1992. The objective of demonstrating a programmable optical computer for flexible implementation of multi-layer neural network models was successfully achieved. The advantages of optics for neural network implementations include large storage capacity, high connectivity, and massive parallelism which result in high computation rates. The optical neurocomputer developed on this program is based on a new type of holography, cascaded grating holography (CGH), in which the neural network weights are distributed among angularly- and spatially-multiplexed gratings generated by stimulated processes in photorefractive crystals. This approach reduces crosstalk and improves the utilization of the optical input device. Successfully implemented neural networks include the Perceptron, Bidirectional Associative Memory, and multi-layer backpropagation networks. Up to 104 neurons, 2x10(7) weights, and processing rates of 2x10(7) connection updates per second were achieved. Packaging concepts for future versions of the neurocomputer were also studied.

  20. Photorefractive tuning of whispering gallery modes of a spherical resonator integrated inside a microstructured optical fibre

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    Kosma, K.; Konidakis, I.; Pissadakis, S.

    2014-09-01

    We demonstrate the photorefractive tuning of the whispering gallery modes of a single BaTiO3 microsphere resonator integrated inside a grapefruit-shaped microstructured optical fibre, upon CW laser irradiation at 532 nm while using irradiation intensities up to 5.5 W/cm2. Temporal evolution results of the WGM spectra are provided with respect to the illumination and relaxation conditions applied.

  1. Diffused holographic information storage and retrieval using photorefractive optical materials

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    McMillen, Deanna Kay

    Holography offers a tremendous opportunity for dense information storage, theoretically one bit per cubic wavelength of material volume, with rapid retrieval, of up to thousands of pages of information simultaneously. However, many factors prevent the theoretical storage limit from being reached, including dynamic range problems and imperfections in recording materials. This research explores new ways of moving closer to practical holographic information storage and retrieval by altering the recording materials, in this case, photorefractive crystals, and by increasing the current storage capacity while improving the information retrieved. As an experimental example of the techniques developed, the information retrieved is the correlation peak from an optical recognition architecture, but the materials and methods developed are applicable to many other holographic information storage systems. Optical correlators can potentially solve any signal or image recognition problem. Military surveillance, fingerprint identification for law enforcement or employee identification, and video games are but a few examples of applications. A major obstacle keeping optical correlators from being universally accepted is the lack of a high quality, thick (high capacity) holographic recording material that operates with red or infrared wavelengths which are available from inexpensive diode lasers. This research addresses the problems from two positions: find a better material for use with diode lasers, and reduce the requirements placed on the material while maintaining an efficient and effective system. This research found that the solutions are new dopants introduced into photorefractive lithium niobate to improve wavelength sensitivities and the use of a novel inexpensive diffuser that reduces the dynamic range and optical element quality requirements (which reduces the cost) while improving performance. A uniquely doped set of 12 lithium niobate crystals was specified and

  2. Photorefraction of eyes: history and future prospects.

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    Howland, Howard C

    2009-06-01

    A brief history of photorefraction, i.e., the refraction of eyes by photography or computer image capture, is given. The method of photorefraction originated from an optical scheme for secret communication across the Berlin wall. This scheme used a lens whose focus about infinity was modulated by a movable reflecting surface. From this device, it was recognized that the vertebrate eye was such a reflector and that its double-pass pointspread could be used to compute its degree of defocus. Subsequently, a second, totally independent invention, more accurately termed "photoretinoscopy," used an eccentric light source and obtained retinoscopic-like images of the reflex in the pupil of the subject's eyes. Photoretinoscopy has become the preferred method of photorefraction and has been instantiated in a wide variety of devices used in vision screening and research. This has been greatly helped by the parallel development of computer and digital camera technology. It seems likely that photorefractive methods will continue to be refined and may eventually become ubiquitous in clinical practice.

  3. Nonlinear photovoltaic effect in Sillenite photorefractive crystals

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    de Oliveira, Ivan; Capovilla, Danilo Augusto; Moura, André L.; Timóteo, Varese S.; Carvalho, Jesiel F.; Frejlich, Jaime

    2017-04-01

    We report on the presence of photovoltaic effect in some Sillenite photorefractive crystals and compare their behavior with that of the well known photovoltaic LiNbO3:Fe crystal. Nonlinear photovoltaic behavior of these Sillenites are also reported here for the first time and explained by the presence of shallow along with deep photovoltaic centers.

  4. Observation of photorefractive simultons in lithium niobate.

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    Fazio, Eugenio; Belardini, Alessandro; Alonzo, Massimo; Centini, Marco; Chauvet, Mathieu; Devaux, Fabrice; Scalora, Michael

    2010-04-12

    Spatial and temporal locking of fundamental and second harmonic pulses was realized by means of photorefractive nonlinearity and highly mismatched harmonic generation. Due to the presence of both phase-locked and unlocked second harmonic pulses, a twin simultonic state was observed. Simultonic filamentation occurring at high pumping rates allowed us to determine a relation between the simulton's waist and its intensity.

  5. Optical diagnostics for turbulent and multiphase flows: Particle image velocimetry and photorefractive optics

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    O`Hern, T.J.; Torczynski, J.R.; Shagam, R.N.; Blanchat, T.K.; Chu, T.Y.; Tassin-Leger, A.L.; Henderson, J.A.

    1997-01-01

    This report summarizes the work performed under the Sandia Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project ``Optical Diagnostics for Turbulent and Multiphase Flows.`` Advanced optical diagnostics have been investigated and developed for flow field measurements, including capabilities for measurement in turbulent, multiphase, and heated flows. Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) includes several techniques for measurement of instantaneous flow field velocities and associated turbulence quantities. Nonlinear photorefractive optical materials have been investigated for the possibility of measuring turbulence quantities (turbulent spectrum) more directly. The two-dimensional PIV techniques developed under this LDRD were shown to work well, and were compared with more traditional laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV). Three-dimensional PIV techniques were developed and tested, but due to several experimental difficulties were not as successful. The photorefractive techniques were tested, and both potential capabilities and possible problem areas were elucidated.

  6. GaAs-based photorefractive time-integrating correlator

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    Liu, Duncan T. H.; Luke, Keung L.; Cheng, Li-Jen

    1992-01-01

    A potential application of the photorefractive time-integrating correlator is the real-time radar jamming interference rejection system, using the adaptive filter method; a fast photorefractive crystal is needed for adapting a rapidly changing jamming signal. An effort is presently made to demonstrate and characterize a GaAs-based photorefractive time-integrating correlator, since GaAs crystals are 2-3 orders of magnitude faster than most other alternatives.

  7. [Pitfalls of IOL power prediction after photorefractive keratectomy for high myopia -- case report, practical recommendations and literature review].

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    Seitz, Berthold; Langenbucher, Achim; Haigis, Wolfgang

    2002-12-01

    Published experience with eyes after keratorefractive correction of myopia indicates that insertion of the average keratometric readings into standard IOL power predictive formulas will frequently result in substantial undercorrection and postoperative hyperopic refraction or anisometropia after cataract surgery depending on the amount of myopia corrected previously. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the accentuated differences of various approaches to minimize IOL power miscalculations by describing a case report of a patient with excessive myopia as well as a review of the literature. A 50-year old lady presented for cataract surgery on her left eye after having PRK seven years ago elsewhere (refraction - 25.5 - 3.0/20 degrees, central keratometric power 43.0 diopters [D]). Central power before cataract extraction was measured to be 35.5 D (Zeiss Keratometer) and 36.5 D (TMS-1 topography analysis) and refraction was - 3.0 D (before onset of index myopia). Orbscan slit scanning topography analysis displayed an anterior surface power of 36.8 D and a posterior surface power of - 9.3 D. Total axial length was 31.93 mm (optical biometry using Zeiss IOL-Master). The contralateral eye after PRK suffering from a comparable excessive myopia had required an exchange of the IOL implant because of intolerable anisohyperopia of + 6.0 D after primary cataract extraction elsewhere. Corrected corneal power values for the left eye were calculated as follows: (1) spherical equivalent (SEQ) change at spectacle plane 19.0 D, (2) SEQ change at corneal plane 26.2 D, (3) separate consideration of anterior and posterior curvature 27.5 D, (4) consideration of the IOL power misprediction on the fellow eye 29.5 D, (5) subtraction of 24 % of the SEQ change at the spectacle plane from the actually measured keratometry value 29.7 D, (6) clinical estimate from regression analysis performed earlier 30.5 D, (7) change of anterior surface power 34.5 D. Deciding for a presumably "real" corneal power of 28.0 D the Haigis formula was used to aim for - 2.0 D since the patient preferred to read uncorrected. Thus, a 21.0 D IOL was implanted uneventfully in the capsular bag. The stable refraction postoperatively was - 3.5 - 1.0/20 degrees and visual acuity increased to 20/30. Therefore, the "real" power of that cornea must have been around 30 D. After corneal refractive surgery, various techniques to determine the current corneal power should be compared and the value around which results tend to cluster should be relied on to avoid hyperopia after cataract surgery with lens implantation. In those cases where keratometry and refraction before PRK/LASIK are available, the gold standard is still to subtract the change of the SEQ at the corneal plane from the preoperative central keratometric power, although in the present case report the subtraction of 24 % of the SEQ change at the spectacle plane from the measured corneal power value seemed to produce the best result. Pure subtraction of the SEQ change at the spectacle plane from the corneal power value before refractive surgery has to be avoided in eyes with excessive myopia. The most reliable corrected power value should be inserted in more than one modern third-generation formula (such as Haigis, Hoffer Q, Holladay 2, SRK/T) and the highest power IOL should be implanted. In all instances, the cataract surgeon has to make sure that the corrected K-reading is not wrongly re-converted within the IOL power calculation formula used.

  8. Properties and applications of photorefractive GaAs

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    Cheng, Li-Jen; Liu, Duncan T. H.

    1990-01-01

    Photorefractive semiconductors have the attractive features of fast response times and operation at near-infrared wavelengths. This has opened some new research opportunities in the field of photorefractive nonlinear optics which is significant for applications in real-time image processing and optical computing. This paper presents recent experimental demonstrations of several basic optical information processing techniques using photorefractive GaAs crystals. The results of these demonstrations illustrate that photorefractive compound semiconductors has a great potential as a new medium for light beam interaction based on the dynamic holographic principle.

  9. Analytical solution for photorefractive screening solitons

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    Królikowski, Wieslaw; Luther-Davies, Barry; McCarthy, Glen; Bledowski, Aleksander

    2000-02-01

    We study formation and interaction of one-dimensional screening solitons in a photorefractive medium with sublinear dependence of the photoconductivity on light intensity. We find an exact analytical solution to the corresponding nonlinear Schrödinger equation. We show that these solitons are stable in propagation and their interaction is generic for solitons of saturable nonlinearity. In particular, they may fuse or ``give birth'' to new solitons upon collision.

  10. Photorefractive light needles in glassy nanodisordered KNTN.

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    Pierangeli, D; Parravicini, J; Di Mei, F; Parravicini, G B; Agranat, A J; DelRe, E

    2014-03-15

    We study the formation of 2D self-trapped beams in nanodisordered potassium-sodium-tantalate-niobate (KNTN) cooled below the dynamic glass transition. Supercooling is shown to accelerate the photorefractive response and enhance steady-state anisotropy. Effects in the excited state are attributed to the anomalous slim-loop polarization curve typical of relaxors dominated by non-interacting polar-nano-regions.

  11. Whole beam method for photorefractive nonlinear optics

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    Cronin-Golomb, Mark

    1992-05-01

    A whole beam split step method is developed for photorefractive nonlinear optics. The nonlinear optical beam coupling process is separated into short steps of diffractive propagation and application of calculated nonlinearity. The method includes the effects of diffractive propagation without using multi-wave coupled wave theory. Two-beam coupling of continous wave, femtosecond and reduced spatial coherence gaussian beams is used to illustrate the method.

  12. Two-Photon Optical Storage in Photorefractive Polymers in the Near-Infrared Spectral Range

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    Day, Daniel; Gu, Min; Smallridge, Andrew

    We report the use of a polymer-based photorefractive material for three-dimensional bit optical data storage using near-infrared illumination. The research was conducted using photorefractive materials that were fabricated in two polymer matrices: poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) and poly(Methyl Methacrylate) (PMMA). The recording samples also consisted of the following compounds in various proportions: 2,5-dimethyl-4-(p-nitrophenylazo)anisole (DMNPAA), 2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenone (TNF) and N-ethylcarbazole (ECZ). Two-photon excitation was used as the recording mechanism to achieve rewritable bit data storage in a photorefractive polymer. As a result of two-photon excitation, the quadratic dependence of the excitation on the incident intensity produces an excitation volume that is confined to the focal region in both the transverse and axial directions. The use of ultrashort pulsed lasers, while effective, is not a practical solution for an optical data storage system. This research demonstrates the ability to produce three-dimensional rewritable bit data storage using continuous-wave illumination. Using this technology it has been possible to achieve a density of 88 Gbits/cm3, which in the future could be increased to 3.5 Tbits/cm3.

  13. Predicting Trans-epithelial Phototherapeutic Keratectomy Outcomes Using Fourier-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Cleary, Catherine; Li, Yan; Tang, Maolong; Gendy, Nehal Samy El; Huang, David

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To use Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) to predict trans-epithelial phototherapeutic keratectomy (TE-PTK) outcomes. Methods Prospective case series. Subjects with anterior stromal corneal opacities underwent excimer laser PTK combined with PRK using the VISX S4 excimer laser (AMO, Inc., Santa Ana, CA). Pre- and postoperative FD-OCT images were used to develop a simulation algorithm to predict treatment outcomes. Main Outcome Measures Pre- and postoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA) and corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA). Postoperative corneal thickness and manifest refraction spherical equivalent (MRSE) were analyzed using multivariate linear regression. Results Nine eyes of 8 patients were treated. Nominal ablation depth was 75 – 177 μm centrally and 62 –185 μm peripherally. Measured PTK ablation depths were 20% higher centrally and 26% higher peripherally, compared to laser settings. Postoperatively, mean UDVA was 20/41 (range 20/25 – 20/80) compared to 20/103 (range 20/60 – 20/400) preoperatively. Mean CDVA was 20/29 (range 20/15 – 20/60) compared to 20/45 (range 20/30 – 20/80) preoperatively. MRSE was +1.38±2.37 D compared to −2.59±2.83D (mean±SD). Mean astigmatism magnitude was 1.14±0.83D compared to 1.40±1.18D preoperatively. Postoperative MRSE correlated strongly with ablation settings, central and peripheral epithelial thickness (r=0.99, p<0.00001 ). Central island remained difficult to predict and limited visual outcomes in some cases. Conclusion OCT measurements of opacity depth and 3D ablation simulation provide valuable guidance PTK planning. Post-PTK refraction may be predicted with a regression formula which uses OCT epithelial thickness measurements. Laser ablation rates described in this study only apply to the VisX laser. PMID:24452208

  14. Optical correlators with fast updating speed using photorefractive semiconductor materials

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    Gheen, Gregory; Cheng, Li-Jen

    1988-01-01

    The performance of an updatable optical correlator which uses a photorefractive semiconductor to generate real-time matched filters is discussed. The application of compound semiconductors makes possible high-speed operation and low optical input intensities. The Bragg diffraction is considered, along with the speed and power characteristics of these materials. Experimental results on photorefractive GaAs are presented.

  15. Photorefractive polymers: Materials, mechanisms, and applications

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    Wright, Daniel

    Photorefractive polymers are potentially useful for a number of optical processing applications, but need considerable development before market-ready devices are realized. The work in this thesis is dedicated to enhancing the performance of these materials in order to achieve suitable parameters for useful devices. Developing strategies to improve these materials was accomplished through studies of the underlying chemistry and physics involved in the manifestation of the photorefractive effect in these materials. Using near infrared spectroscopy the time dynamics of the ionic form of the charge generator C60. The C60 anion concentration in the sample was observed under a variety of experimental conditions, and led to the conclusion that C60 and its anion act as the species in which charge is redistributed during the formation and erasure of photorefractive holograms. Additionally these studies showed that the nonlinear optical chromophore in the composite greatly affects the dynamics and steady state concentrations of C60 and its anion by acting as a thermally accessible charge reservoir. Our studies found that photoconductivity and speed of photorefractive hologram formation were also influenced by the ability of the chromophore to trap charges. In addition to studies focused on the mechanisms of charge movement and trapping, several material compositions were studied. A composite was found that possessed a balanced set of photorefractive figures of merit which could be used for demonstrating several applications at the proof of principal level, such as image amplification, novelty filtering, and homodyne detection. The orientation of the chromophore was found to be very dispersive in time but does not limit the speed of hologram formation in this composite, suggesting that improvements in charge generation and transport are needed to improve the speed. The operation wavelength of this composite was extended from the visible to the near infrared by choosing an

  16. Applicability of the band transport (Kukhtarev) model to photorefractive polymers

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    Ducharme, Stephen

    1995-08-01

    The band transport model of space-charge production has proved very successful in describing photorefractive phenomena in a wide range of inorganic crystals, ranging from high-mobility semiconductors like GaAs, to highly insulating ferroelectrics like BaTiO3. This success is primarily due to the applicability of a generic picture of charge transport in extrinsic crystalline semiconductors, a picture that becomes cloudy in noncrystalline systems like the new photorefractive polymers. Photorefractive polymers exhibit the classic photorefractive behaviors such as photoconduction, electro-optic response, hologram formation and storage, and two-beam energy coupling, all without benefit of a crystalline lattice or well defined conduction band. In this report, I will outline how the band transport model can be adapted to describe photorefraction in noncrystalline materials by the dual expediencies of renaming certain embarrassing 'constants' and admitting that they are strongly dependent on the total electric field.

  17. Photorefractive nonlinear optics in the undergraduate physics laboratory

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    Matlin, Mark D.; McGee, David J.

    1997-07-01

    The field of nonlinear optics has grown significantly within the last two decades. Photorefractive materials in particular have been utilized in a wide variety of applications. Recently, the photorefractive inorganic crystals used to demonstrate nonlinear optical phenomena and applications have begun to decrease significantly in cost, bringing them within the budgetary limits of smaller physics departments. In addition, within the last five years photorefractive organic polymers have been developed which could serve as the focus of interesting interdisciplinary activities between undergraduate physics and chemistry programs. This article provides a starting point for educators in such programs who have an interest in developing undergraduate laboratory projects based on photorefractive materials. We present some background on the physics of photorefractive phenomena and materials, brief descriptions of some of the demonstrations and applications that employ these materials, and original references on these applications.

  18. Dynamic holographic moiré patterns in photorefractive Bi12TiO20 and small-angle measurements.

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    dos Santos, P A; Nunes, L C; Corrêa, I

    2000-09-01

    A procedure for obtaining real-time holographic moirélike patterns and measuring small angles is proposed. Two rotated sinusoidal phase gratings are superposed, and the result represents a promising technique for making small-angle measurements in metrological applications. The experiments are performed with a diffusion-only recording mechanism in the photorefractive crystal Bi12TiO20 illuminated by lambda = 0.633 microm light from a He-Ne laser.

  19. Visual outcomes of topography-guided excimer laser surgery for treatment of patients with irregular astigmatism.

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    Ghoreishi, Mohammad; Naderi Beni, Afsaneh; Naderi Beni, Zahra

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and predictability of topography-guided treatments to enhance refractive status following other corneal surgical procedures. In a prospective case series study, 28 consecutive eyes of 26 patients with irregular astigmatism after radial keratotomy, corneal transplant, small hyperopic and myopic excimer laser optical zones, and corneal scars were operated. Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) (n = 8) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) (n = 20) were performed using the ALLEGRETTO WAVE excimer laser and topography-guided customized ablation treatment software. Preoperative and postoperative uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), manifest and cycloplegic refraction, and corneal topography with asphericity were analyzed in 12 months follow-up. Uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) changed from 0.2 ± 0.2 or (20/100 ± 20/100) to 0.51 ± 0.31 or (20/40 ± 20/60) in the LASIK group (P = 0.01) and from 0.34 ± 0.16 or (20/60 ± 20/120) to 0.5 ± 0.23 or (20/40 ± 20/80) in the PRK group (P = 0.01). Refractive cylinder decreased from -3.2 ± 0.84 diopters (D) to -2.06 ± 0.42 D in the LASIK group (P = 0.07) and from -2.25 ± 0.39 D to -1.5 ± 0.23 D in the PRK group (P = 0.008). Best corrected visual acuity did not change significantly in either group. Topography-guided treatment is effective in correcting the irregular astigmatism after refractive surgery. Topography-guided PRK can significantly reduce irregular astigmatism and increase the UCVA and BCVA.

  20. The Progression of Haze Formation in Rabbit Corneas Following Phototherapeutic Keratectomy

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    Gibson, Daniel J.; Tuli, Sonal S.; Schultz, Gregory S.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. To determine the topographical location and time course of development of corneal haze in a phototherapeutic keratectomy model using slit lamp examination, macrophotography, quantitative image analysis, and immunofluorescence staining of corneal sections. Methods. Rabbit corneas were ablated with an excimer laser and were observed and graded for haze via slit lamp, imaged, and graded by macrophotography. Corneal sections were stained for α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and tenascin-C (TNC). The distribution of haze imaged in the macrophotographs and density of α-SMA and TNC staining were compared. A daily image time course of haze formation was generated using macrophotography. Results. The first signs of corneal haze were apparent shortly after reepithelialization. The haze was distributed as a ring at the wound margin in all cases, while nearly all corneas also had some central islands of haze initiation. With time, the haze spread within the ablated zone and intensified. The pattern of immunofluorescent staining for α-SMA and TNC at the wound margin mirrored the haze distribution, spread, and intensification with time. Conclusions. The initiation and spread of subepithelial haze begins shortly after reepithelialization. The haze then spreads from the loci of initiation and becomes more dense with time, maturing as early as 14 days after wounding. The improved temporal and spatial resolution provided by these data improve the current model of light-scattering haze formation in wounded corneas, which will improve the design of studies aimed at maintaining corneal clarity following acute injury or surgery. PMID:23800768

  1. True-Time-Delay Adaptive Array Processing Using Photorefractive Crystals

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    Kriehn, G. R.; Wagner, K.

    Radio frequency (RF) signal processing has proven to be a fertile application area when using photorefractive-based, optical processing techniques. This is due to a photorefractive material's capability to record gratings and diffract off these gratings with optically modulated beams that contain a wide RF bandwidth, and include applications such as the bias-free time-integrating correlator [1], adaptive signal processing, and jammer excision, [2, 3, 4]. Photorefractive processing of signals from RF antenna arrays is especially appropriate because of the massive parallelism that is readily achievable in a photorefractive crystal (in which many resolvable beams can be incident on a single crystal simultaneously—each coming from an optical modulator driven by a separate RF antenna element), and because a number of approaches for adaptive array processing using photorefractive crystals have been successfully investigated [5, 6]. In these types of applications, the adaptive weight coefficients are represented by the amplitude and phase of the holographic gratings, and many millions of such adaptive weights can be multiplexed within the volume of a photorefractive crystal. RF modulated optical signals from each array element are diffracted from the adaptively recorded photorefractive gratings (which can be multiplexed either angularly or spatially), and are then coherently combined with the appropriate amplitude weights and phase shifts to effectively steer the angular receptivity pattern of the antenna array toward the desired arriving signal. Likewise, the antenna nulls can also be rotated toward unwanted narrowband jammers for extinction, thereby optimizing the signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio.

  2. Photorefractive processing for large adaptive phased arrays

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    Weverka, Robert T.; Wagner, Kelvin; Sarto, Anthony

    1996-03-01

    An adaptive null-steering phased-array optical processor that utilizes a photorefractive crystal to time integrate the adaptive weights and null out correlated jammers is described. This is a beam-steering processor in which the temporal waveform of the desired signal is known but the look direction is not. The processor computes the angle(s) of arrival of the desired signal and steers the array to look in that direction while rotating the nulls of the antenna pattern toward any narrow-band jammers that may be present. We have experimentally demonstrated a simplified version of this adaptive phased-array-radar processor that nulls out the narrow-band jammers by using feedback-correlation detection. In this processor it is assumed that we know a priori only that the signal is broadband and the jammers are narrow band. These are examples of a class of optical processors that use the angular selectivity of volume holograms to form the nulls and look directions in an adaptive phased-array-radar pattern and thereby to harness the computational abilities of three-dimensional parallelism in the volume of photorefractive crystals. The development of this processing in volume holographic system has led to a new algorithm for phased-array-radar processing that uses fewer tapped-delay lines than does the classic time-domain beam former. The optical implementation of the new algorithm has the further advantage of utilization of a single photorefractive crystal to implement as many as a million adaptive weights, allowing the radar system to scale to large size with no increase in processing hardware.

  3. Aging solitons in photorefractive dipolar glasses.

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    Parravicini, J; Pierangeli, D; Di Mei, F; Conti, C; Agranat, A J; DelRe, E

    2013-12-16

    We study experimentally the aging of optical spatial solitons in a dipolar glass hosted by a nanodisordered sample of photorefractive potassium-sodium-tantalate-niobate (KNTN). As the system ages, the waves erratically explore varying strengths of the nonlinear response, causing them to break up and scatter. We show that this process can still lead to solitons, but in a generalized form for which the changing response is compensated by changing the normalized wave size and intensity so as to maintain fixed the optical waveform.

  4. [Epi-Bowman Keratectomy: Clinical Evaluation of a New Method of Surface Ablation].

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    Taneri, S; Kießler, S; Rost, A; Schultz, T; Elling, M; Dick, B

    2017-02-10

    Purpose A new device for epithelial abrasion before excimer laser surface ablation or corneal cross-linking (CXL) has recently been introduced (Epi-Clear™, Orca Surgical, Kiryat-Shmona, Israel). We have reviewed the literature on the clinical results, potential benefits and drawbacks of this instrument, compared to other methods of epithelial removal. Method Literature search for "Epi-Bowman Keratectomy", "Epi-clear", and "Epikeratome" yielded 1 peer-review publication, 1 non-peer-review publication, 18 posters and presentations at international conferences (European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons [ESCRS] and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery [ASCRS]) on the use of the Epi-Clear™ device before surface ablation, 2 posters on the use of Epi-Clear before corneal crosslinking and 1 presentation on the experimental use of Epi-Clear for removal of a pterygium. Results Comparison of laser ablation after epithelial removal with the Epi-Clear device (Epi-Bowman Keratectomy™, EBK™) to other established methods of surface ablation, i.e. alcohol-assisted PRK or PRK with a metallic scraper, EBK, suggests that the results are generally similar. Pain perception, haze formation, and epithelial healing are reported to be better than with conventional surface ablation methods. Studies evaluating the use of the Epi-Clear device before CXL report that the healing time is significantly reduced and that less pain is perceived. Conclusion The Epi-Clear device seems to be a promising new option for epithelial removal before refractive laser ablation, although a convincing explanation for its potential superiority is still missing. In contrast, when the Epi-Clear device is used before CXL, then the Bowman's layer remains intact; this may provide an adequate explanation for the reported benefits of this application. However, currently available studies are of low level of evidence, so that more prospective randomised trials are needed for a robust

  5. Photorefractive properties of iron-doped stoichiometric lithium niobate.

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    Furukawa, Y; Kitamura, K; Ji, Y; Montemezzani, G; Zgonik, M; Medrano, C; Günter, P

    1997-04-15

    The photorefractive properties of stoichiometric LiNbO(3) crystals with a small number of defect densities grown by the double-crucible Czochralski method are investigated and compared with the defect densities of commercially available congruent Fe-doped LiNbO(3) crystals. Two-wave-mixing experiments show that novel stoichiometric crystals exhibit larger photorefractive gain and considerably faster response times than congruent ones. The results indicate that the nonstoichiometry defect control of photorefractive crystals is of key importance for the improvement of their properties.

  6. Photorefraction Screens Millions for Vision Disorders

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    2008-01-01

    Who would have thought that stargazing in the 1980s would lead to hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren seeing more clearly today? Collaborating with research ophthalmologists and optometrists, Marshall Space Flight Center scientists Joe Kerr and the late John Richardson adapted optics technology for eye screening methods using a process called photorefraction. Photorefraction consists of delivering a light beam into the eyes where it bends in the ocular media, hits the retina, and then reflects as an image back to a camera. A series of refinements and formal clinical studies followed their highly successful initial tests in the 1980s. Evaluating over 5,000 subjects in field tests, Kerr and Richardson used a camera system prototype with a specifically angled telephoto lens and flash to photograph a subject s eye. They then analyzed the image, the cornea and pupil in particular, for irregular reflective patterns. Early tests of the system with 1,657 Alabama children revealed that, while only 111 failed the traditional chart test, Kerr and Richardson s screening system found 507 abnormalities.

  7. Development of photorefractive polymers for real-time optical information storage

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    Mangaiyarkarasi, D.; Palanisamy, P. K.; Kannan, P.

    1999-03-01

    A large number of strong nonlinear optical and electro optical molecules and crystals are identified recently. With the discovery of the photorefractive (PR) effect and early realization of its potential utility, PR materials are of considerable interest for the development of all optical devices, such as high density optical data storage and image processing techniques. Organic materials are known to show strong electro optic effects. In organic materials, the properties required for the PR effect including photosensitivity, photoconductivity and electro optic response are provided by different molecules. As a result, the properties can be optimized separately, unlike in inorganic PR crystals such as LiNbO3. This paper describes the utilization of third order non-linearity induced in Xanthene dye doped gelatin and poly (eosin acrylate) & poly (eosin acrylate-co-isobutyl acrylate) films resulting in direct storage without the need for any further processing i.e., no wet chemical or post thermal/photochemical processing are required. With required amount of solvent and monomer in the presence of benzoyl peroxide (initiator), polymerization reaction was carried out under nitrogen atmosphere. Polymer samples were characterized by NMR, IR, FT-IR & TGA. The polymers were soluble in THF, DMSO, DMF & DMAC solvents and form good optical quality films by spin as well as dip coating. Polymer thin films were prepared with different concentrations of polymer solution onto the glass slides. The UV-visible absorption spectra of the spin coated polymer films showed a maximum at 538 nm. In our simplest optical system, Q- switched, second harmonic Nd-YAG laser light at wavelength 532 nm was used for recording. Two beams split from the same laser were made to superpose with path difference less than the coherent length. One of the beam acted as information carrying beam while the other acted as reference beam. In this present study, we report the direction formation of surface

  8. Apodized waveguide arrays induced by photorefractive nonlinear surface waves.

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    Qi, P F; Hu, Z J; Han, R; Zhang, T H; Tian, J G; Xu, J J

    2015-11-30

    A new type of nonlinear waveguides, photorefractive surface optical waveguides is suggested, which can be induced by photorefractive surface waves on the boundary of photorefractive crystal. The disturbed refractive index distribution of such waveguides behaves as a periodic lattice with apodized envelope, thus we call them photorefractive surface apodized waveguide arrays. Moreover, the dispersion relation and corresponding modes are analyzed. It is very interesting that the dispersion curves of index-guided modes and Bragg-guided modes couple and intertwine with each other, and anti-crossings instead of crossings between them hence generate some mini-gaps. Moreover there exists a type of extraordinary modes constituted by the splice of index-guided modes and Bragg-guided modes.

  9. Photorefractive optical fuzzy-logic processor based on grating degeneracy

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    Wu, Weishu; Yang, Changxi; Campbell, Scott; Yeh, Pochi

    1995-04-01

    A novel optical fuzzy-logic processor using light-induced gratings in photorefractive crystals is proposed and demonstrated. By exploiting grating degeneracy, one can easily implement parallel fuzzy-logic functions in disjunctive normal form.

  10. New Meta and Nanomaterials for Photorefractive Enhancement and Photorefractive Two-Beam Coupling

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    2010-03-12

    Centro de Investigacion de Quimica Aplicada Blvd. Enrique reyna, No. 140 Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico 25253 AFOSR FA9550-09-1-0023 12 March 2010...ADDRESS(ES) 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION EN QUIMICA APLICADA BLVD ENRIQUE REYNA NO 140 SALTILLO 25253...Photorefractive Two-Beam Coupling Ronald F. Ziolo Centro de Investigacion de Quimica Aplicada Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico 25253 Grant

  11. Effectiveness of an Eyelid Thermal Pulsation Procedure to Treat Recalcitrant Dry Eye Symptoms After Laser Vision Correction.

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    Schallhorn, Craig S; Schallhorn, Julie M; Hannan, Stephen; Schallhorn, Steven C

    2017-01-01

    To provide an initial retrospective evaluation of the effectiveness of a thermal pulsation system to treat intractable patient-reported dye eye symptoms following laser vision correction. A total of 109 eyes of 57 patients underwent thermal pulsation therapy (LipiFlow; TearScience, Morrisville, NC) for the treatment of dry eye symptoms following laser vision correction. A standardized dry eye questionnaire, the Standard Patient Evaluation of Eye Dryness (SPEED II), was administered to all patients before and after thermal pulsation therapy. The primary outcome was patient-reported dry eye symptoms as measured by this questionnaire. The mean patient age was 49 years (interquartile range [IQR]: 38 to 60), 70% were female, and the primary refractive procedure was LASIK (n = 91, 83%) or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) (n = 18, 17%). Patients underwent thermal pulsation therapy at a mean of 40.5 months (IQR: 27.6 to 55.0) after the primary procedure. The mean pre-therapy SPEED II questionnaire score was 17.5 (IQR: 14 to 21), with a reduced mean post-therapy score of 10.2 (IQR: 6 to 14; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 8.8 to 11.5, P < .001). Patients with PRK tended to report more improvement. At the follow-up clinical evaluation, objective improvements were noted in tear break-up time (+1.9 sec; 95% CI: 1.3 to 2.5), reduction in grade of meibomian gland dysfunction (-0.69; 95% CI: -0.54 to -0.84), and corneal staining (-0.74; 95% CI: -0.57 to -0.91). In this initial retrospective evaluation, a significant improvement in patient-reported dry eye symptoms was observed following thermal pulsation therapy. This treatment modality may have utility in the management of dry eye symptoms following laser vision correction, but further study is needed to define its role. [J Refract Surg. 2017;33(1):30-36.]. Copyright 2017, SLACK Incorporated.

  12. Low-noise preamplifier for multistage photorefractive image amplification

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    Breugnot, S.; Rajbenbach, H.; Defour, M.; Huignard, J.-P.

    1995-07-01

    We present a two-beam coupling configuration in photorefractive BaTiO3 that provides a low-noise amplification of the signal to be detected. A two-wave mixing gain of 100 is reached, in conjunction with very low beam fanning background in the signal direction. The extensions of this configuration to photorefractive heterodyne detection and to multistage image amplification are theoretically and experimentally studied.

  13. Optical image processing by using a photorefractive spatial soliton waveguide

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    Liang, Bao-Lai; Wang, Ying; Zhang, Su-Heng; Guo, Qing-Lin; Wang, Shu-Fang; Fu, Guang-Sheng; Simmonds, Paul J.; Wang, Zhao-Qi

    2017-04-01

    By combining the photorefractive spatial soliton waveguide of a Ce:SBN crystal with a coherent 4-f system we are able to manipulate the spatial frequencies of an input optical image to perform edge-enhancement and direct component enhancement operations. Theoretical analysis of this optical image processor is presented to interpret the experimental observations. This work provides an approach for optical image processing by using photorefractive spatial solitons.

  14. Vorinostat: A Potent Agent to Prevent and Treat Laser-induced Corneal Haze

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    Tandon, Ashish; Tovey, Jonathan C.K.; Waggoner, Michael R.; Sharma, Ajay; Cowden, John W.; Gibson, Daniel J.; Liu, Yuanjing; Schultz, Gregory S.; Mohan, Rajiv R.

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE This study investigated the efficacy and safety of vorinostat, a deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, in the treatment of laser-induced corneal haze following photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in rabbits in vivo and transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFβ1) -induced corneal fibrosis in vitro. METHODS Corneal haze in rabbits was produced with −9.00 diopters (D) PRK. Fibrosis in cultured human and rabbit corneal fibroblasts was activated with TGFβ1. Vorinostat (25 μm) was topically applied once for 5 minutes on rabbit cornea immediately after PRK for in vivo studies. Vorinostat (0 to 25 μm) was given to human/rabbit corneal fibroblasts for 5 minutes or 48 hours for in vitro studies. Slit-lamp microscopy, TUNEL assay, and trypan blue were used to determined vorinostat toxicity, whereas real-time polymerase chain reaction, immunocytochemistry, and immunoblotting were used to measure its efficacy. RESULTS Single 5-minute vorinostat (25 μm) topical application on the cornea following PRK significantly reduced corneal haze (P<.008) and fibrotic marker proteins (α-smooth muscle actin and f-actin; P<.001) without showing redness, swelling, or inflammation in rabbit eyes in vivo screened 4 weeks after PRK. Vorinostat reduced TGFβ1-induced fibrosis in human and rabbit corneas in vitro in a dose-dependent manner without altering cellular viability, phenotype, or proliferation. CONCLUSIONS Vorinostat is non-cytotoxic and safe for the eye and has potential to prevent laser-induced corneal haze in patients undergoing PRK for high myopia. PMID:22386369

  15. Spatial Rogue Waves in Photorefractive Ferroelectrics.

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    Pierangeli, D; Di Mei, F; Conti, C; Agranat, A J; DelRe, E

    2015-08-28

    Rogue waves are observed as light propagates in the extreme nonlinear regime that occurs when a photorefractive ferroelectric crystal is undergoing a structural phase transition. The transmitted spatial light distribution contains bright localized spots of anomalously large intensity that follow a signature long-tail statistics that disappears as the nonlinearity is weakened. The isolated wave events form as out-of-equilibrium response and disorder enhance the Kerr-saturated nonlinearity at the critical point. Self-similarity associable to the individual observed filaments and numerical simulations of the generalized nonlinear Schrödinger equation suggests that dynamics of soliton fusions and scale invariance can microscopically play an important role in the observed rogue intensities and statistics.

  16. Simulation of keratoconus observation in photorefraction

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    Chen, Ying-Ling; Tan, B.; Baker, K.; Lewis, J. W. L.; Swartz, T.; Jiang, Y.; Wang, M.

    2006-11-01

    In the recent years, keratoconus (KC) has increasingly gained attention due to its treatment options and to the popularity of keratorefractive surgery. This paper investigates the potential of identification of KC using photorefraction (PR), an optical technique that is similar to objective retinoscopy and is commonly used for large-scale ocular screening. Using personalized eye models of both KC and pre-LASIK patients, computer simulations were performed to achieve visualization of this ophthalmic measurement. The simulations are validated by comparing results to two sets of experimental measurements. These PR images show distinguishable differences between KC eyes and eyes that are either normal or ametropic. The simulation technique with personalized modeling can be extended to other ophthalmic instrument developments. It makes possible investigation with the least number of real human subjects. The application is also of great interest in medical training.

  17. Isotropic versus anisotropic modeling of photorefractive solitons.

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    Belić, M R; Vujić, D; Stepken, A; Kaiser, F; Calvo, G F; Agulló-López, F; Carrascosa, M

    2002-06-01

    The question of the isotropic versus anisotropic modeling of incoherent spatial screening solitons in photorefractive crystals is addressed by a careful theoretical and numerical analysis. Isotropic, or local, models allow for an extended spiraling of two interacting scalar solitons, and for a prolonged propagation of vortex vector solitons, whereas anisotropic, nonlocal, models prevent such phenomena. In the context of Kukhtarev's material equations, the difference in behavior is traced to the continuity equation for the current density. We further show that neither an indefinite spiraling of two solitons nor stable propagation of vortex vector solitons is generally possible in both isotropic and anisotropic models. Such systems do not conserve angular momentum, even in the case of an isotropic change in the index of refraction.

  18. Bilateral Ectasia After Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE).

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    Mattila, Jaakko S; Holopainen, Juha M

    2016-07-01

    To describe a case of bilateral ectasia after small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) in a patient with early keratoconus. Case report. Bilateral SMILE was performed on a patient even though preoperative topographies showed changes indicating early keratoconus. The right eye underwent further photorefractive keratectomy enhancement 18 months later. The patient developed a bilateral corneal ectasia. This case underlines the importance of thorough preoperative assessment for possible keratoconus suspect changes with corneal topography to avoid postoperative ectasia. [J Refract Surg. 2016;32(7):497-500.]. Copyright 2016, SLACK Incorporated.

  19. Enhancement of blue photorefractive properties in Mg:Fe:Cu:SLiNbO3 crystals with near stoichiometry

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    Dai, Li; Jiao, Shanshan; Xu, Chao; Li, Dayong; Lin, Jiaqi; Xu, Yuheng

    2014-02-01

    Using the top seeded solution growth technique, near stoichiometric Mg:Fe:Cu:SLiNbO3 crystals have been grown by using K2O as flux. Infrared transmission spectra were measured and defect structure and change of threshold value were investigated. Using Kr+ laser as light source (blue light with wavelength of 476 nm) the photorefractive properties of crystals were measured. The diffraction efficiency of 76.3%, the short response time of 11 s, the dynamic range of 27.39, the sensitivity of 2.09 cm/J, and the refractive index change of 8.67 × 10-5 were obtained. The blue photorefractive properties were enhanced. As the holes are the dominant charge carriers, the short wavelength blue light which exhibits high energy can excite the holes from both of the shallow and the deep trap centers with the same phase. It was found that the so-called optical damage-resistant dopant such as Mg2+ ions no longer functioned as the damage resistant at 476 nm wavelength, but turned to enhance the blue photorefractive characteristics.

  20. Holographic performance of photorefractive Bi2TeO5 crystals

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    Foldvari, I.; Denz, C.; Berger, G.; Peter, A.

    Bismuth tellurite - Bi2TeO5 is a new photorefractive material recently available for optical memory investigations. Analogue volume holograms of a two-dimensional test pattern were recorded in undoped Bi2TeO5 crystals by using a cw Nd:YAG laser at 532 nm. The quality, dark decay and durability during permanent reading of the image were studied and compared to those of the reference LiNbO3 :Fe crystals. The holograms in the two crystals were of comparable quality, and they were less vulnerable for strong laser exposure in Bi2TeO5 than in the LiNbO3 :Fe crystals by a factor of 50.

  1. Photorefractive spatial mode converter for multimode-to-single-mode fiber-optic coupling.

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    Chiou, A; Yeh, P; Yang, C; Gu, C

    1995-05-15

    We report what is to our knowledge the first experimental demonstration of a photorefractive spatial mode converter (based on mutually pumped phase conjugation) that couples light efficiently from a multimode fiber into a singlemode fiber with an extremely large degree of tolerance to misalignment. Using an argon laser (514.5 nm) and a barium titanate crystal, we have demonstrated that the laser light can be coupled from a multimode fiber (core diameter 100 microm, numerical aperture 0.37) into a single-mode fiber (core diameter 2.9 microm, numerical aperture 0.11), with an efficiency of ~15% and an alignment tolerance of ~100 microm. The coupling efficiency is more than 2 orders of magnitude, and the tolerance to misalignments is more than 30 times better than the corresponding values achievable by conventional techniques.

  2. Thin film processing of photorefractive BaTiO3

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    Schuster, Paul R.

    1993-01-01

    During the period covered by this report, October 11, 1991 through October 10, 1992, the research has progressed in a number of different areas. The sol-gel technique was initially studied and experimentally evaluated for depositing films of BaTiO3. The difficulties with the precursors and the poor quality of the films deposited lead to the investigation of pulsed laser deposition as an alternative approach. The development of the pulsed laser deposition technique has resulted in continuous improvements to the quality of deposited films of BaTiO3. The initial depositions of BaTiO3 resulted in amorphous films, however, as the pulsed laser deposition technique continued to evolve, films were deposited in the polycrystalline state, then the textured polycrystalline state, and most recently heteroepitaxial films have also been successfully deposited on cubic (100) oriented SrTiO3 substrates. A technique for poling samples at room temperature and in air is also undergoing development with some very preliminary but positive results. The analytical techniques, which include x-ray diffraction, ferroelectric analysis, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy with x-ray compositional analysis, optical and polarized light microscopy, and surface profilometry have been enhanced to allow for more detailed evaluation of the samples. In the area of optical characterization, a pulsed Nd:YAG laser has been incorporated into the experimental configuration. Now data can also be acquired within various temporal domains resulting in more detailed information on the optical response of the samples and on their photorefractive sensitivity. The recent establishment of collaborative efforts with two departments at Johns Hopkins University and the Army Research Lab at Fort Belvoir has also produced preliminary results using the metallo-organic decomposition technique as an alternative method for thin film processing of BaTiO3. RF and DC sputtering is another film deposition

  3. Optical reconstruction of non-diffracting beams via photorefractive holography

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    Vieira, Tárcio A.; Yepes, Indira S. V.; Suarez, Rafael A. B.; Gesualdi, Marcos R. R.; Zamboni-Rached, Michel

    2017-04-01

    This work presents the optical reconstruction of non-diffracting beams via photorefractive holography. Optical generation of non-diffracting beams using conventional optical components is difficult and, in some circumstances, unfeasible, as it is the case of wave fields given by superposition of non-diffracting beams, which have been successfully generated through computer-generated holograms reproduced in spatial light modulators. With the photorefractive holography technique, the hologram of a non-diffracting beam is optically constructed (recorded) and reconstructed (read) in a nonlinear photorefractive medium. The experimental realizations of non-diffracting beams (Bessel, Mathieus and Parabolic), the Bessel beam arrays and superposition of co-propagating Bessel beams (Frozen waves) are made in a photorefractive holography setup using a photorefractive Bi12SiO20 (BSO) crystal as the holographic recording medium. The results are in agreement with the theoretical predictions and are presenting excellent prospects for the implementation of this technique in dynamical systems with applications in optics and photonics.

  4. Photorefractive properties of ion-implanted waveguides in strontium barium niobate crystals

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    Kip, D.; Kemper, B.; Nee, I.; Pankrath, R.; Moretti, P.

    1997-10-01

    Planar optical waveguides were formed in cerium-doped strontium barium niobate single crystals (Sr0.61Ba0.39Nb2O6, SBN61), either by proton or helium ion implantation. Proton-implanted samples show a large increase of dark conductivity that reduces or even prevents the recording of refractive index gratings. For waveguides formed by helium implantation this effect is absent, and they can be used for efficient holographic recording. Photorefractive properties of the waveguides are investigated by two-beam coupling. After implantation with 2.0 MeV He+ and doses of (0.5-5)񺔗 cm-2, the samples have to be polarized again, because heating or charge effects at the crystals surface during the implantation process decreases or even reverses the effective electrooptic coefficients in the waveguiding layer. For repoled samples, we find logarithmic gain coefficients of up to 45 cm-1 with time constants for the build-up of the purely ?/2-shifted refractive index grating of the order of 1 ms for the blue lines of an Ar+ laser. Photoconductivity depends nonlinearly on light intensity with an exponent xƸ.55. With increasing implanted helium dose, both electronic and nuclear damage of the waveguiding layer grows, and the photorefractive properties of the waveguides are considerably degraded.

  5. Microwave signal processing with photorefractive dynamic holography

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    Fotheringham, Edeline B.

    Have you ever found yourself listening to the music playing from the closest stereo rather than to the bromidic (uninspiring) person speaking to you? Your ears receive information from two sources but your brain listens to only one. What if your cell phone could distinguish among signals sharing the same bandwidth too? There would be no "full" channels to stop you from placing or receiving a call. This thesis presents a nonlinear optical circuit capable of distinguishing uncorrelated signals that have overlapping temporal bandwidths. This so called autotuning filter is the size of a U.S. quarter dollar and requires less than 3 mW of optical power to operate. It is basically an oscillator in which the losses are compensated with dynamic holographic gain. The combination of two photorefractive crystals in the resonator governs the filter's winner-take-all dynamics through signal-competition for gain. This physical circuit extracts what is mathematically referred to as the largest principal component of its spatio-temporal input space. The circuit's practicality is demonstrated by its incorporation in an RF-photonic system. An unknown mixture of unknown microwave signals, received by an antenna array, constitutes the input to the system. The output electronically returns one of the original microwave signals. The front-end of the system down converts the 10 GHz microwave signals and amplifies them before the signals phase modulate optical beams. The optical carrier is suppressed from these beams so that it may not be considered as a signal itself to the autotuning filter. The suppression is achieved with two-beam coupling in a single photorefractive crystal. The filter extracts the more intense of the signals present on the carrier-suppressed input beams. The detection of the extracted signal restores the microwave signal to an electronic form. The system, without the receiving antenna array, is packaged in a 13 x 18 x 6″ briefcase. Its power consumption equals that

  6. Bilateral epithelial defects after laser in situ keratomileusis. Clinical features, management and outcome.

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    Rao, Srinivas K; Shome, Debraj; Iyer, Geetha K; Fogla, Rajesh; Padmanabhan, Prema

    2005-03-01

    To describe the preoperative characteristics, intraoperative details, management, and postoperative in patients with bilateral epithelial defects after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Retrospective non-comparative case series. Six patients with bilateral epithelial defects after LASIK were part of a cohort of 605 patients undergoing bilateral LASIK at our center from December 2001 to April 2003. The mean age of the patients (5M:1F) was 28.5 +/- 7.9 years, and the average pretreatment myopic spherical equivalent (SE) refraction was 7.3 +/- 0.7 D (-4, -12.25D). An epithelial flap was present in 6 eyes and an epithelial defect with a mean diameter of 3 mm (2mm, 6mm) was seen in 6 eyes. In four patients the epithelial disturbance was bilaterally similar. All defects occurred in the inferior cornea and the epithelial flaps had the hinge positioned superiorly. None of the patients had ocular or systemic risk factors that could have resulted in this complication. A bandage contact lens was used in 6 eyes. At last follow-up of 5.5 +/- 9.5 months (0.25, 21 months), unaided visual acuity was 6/9 or better in 10 eyes. Best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) was maintained in 8 eyes, while 4 eyes lost one line of BSCVA. Recurrent corneal erosions were not reported in the follow-up period. These patients represent a hitherto unrecognised group of individuals who appear to have a subclinical weakness of adhesion of the corneal epithelium to the underlying structures, which is not evident on clinical examination. This results in bilateral epithelial disturbances after LASIK. Appropriate management results in satisfactory clinical outcomes. Other options for treatment of the fellow eye of such patients include the use of a different microkeratome, release of suction during the reverse pass of the Hansatome microkeratome, and photorefractive keratectomy if the refractive error is low.

  7. Visual stability of laser vision correction in an astronaut on a Soyuz mission to the International Space Station.

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    Gibson, C Robert; Mader, Thomas H; Schallhorn, Steven C; Pesudovs, Konrad; Lipsky, William; Raid, Elias; Jennings, Richard T; Fogarty, Jennifer A; Garriott, Richard A; Garriott, Owen K; Johnston, Smith L

    2012-08-01

    This report documents the effects of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in an astronaut during a 12-day Russian Soyuz mission to the International Space Station in 2008. Changing environmental conditions of launch, microgravity exposure, and reentry create an extremely dynamic ocular environment. Although many normal eyes have repeatedly been subject to such stresses, the effect on an eye with a relatively thin cornea as a result of PRK has not been reported. This report suggests that PRK is a safe, effective, and well-tolerated procedure in astronauts during space flight. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2012 ASCRS and ESCRS. All rights reserved.

  8. Effects of various eye drops on corneal wound healing after superficial keratectomy in rabbits.

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    Tani, Emiko; Katakami, Chikako; Negi, Akira

    2002-01-01

    The effects of various eye drops on corneal wound healing, particularly in the subepithelial haze area, were investigated histologically following superficial keratectomy in rabbits. Mechanical superficial keratectomy was performed in rabbit eyes. Tranilast, betamethasone, hyaluronic acid, and diclofenac eye drops were administered after the procedure. Physiological saline was used as a control. Corneas were excised 1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks after keratectomy, labeled with 3H-thymidine or 3H-proline, and subjected to autoradiography. In the control and diclofenac groups, corneal haze occurred 3 weeks after keratectomy. Histological examination revealed an accumulation of proliferating keratocytes and active synthesis of collagen in the subepithelial area. In the tranilast and betamethasone groups, formation of corneal haze was reduced compared to the controls. The proliferation of keratocytes and the production of collagen in the corneal stroma were inhibited by these drugs. In the hyaluronic acid group also, corneal haze was decreased. In this group, although the proliferation of keratocytes was activated compared to the controls, abnormal accumulation of keratocytes in the subepithelial area was not detected. Tranilast and betamethasone decrease the formation of subepithelial haze by inhibiting keratocyte proliferation and synthesis of extracellular matrix in the corneal stroma. Hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, inhibits subepithelial haze by promoting physiologic wound healing.

  9. Adhesion complex formation after small keratectomy wounds in the cornea.

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    Stock, E L; Kurpakus, M A; Sambol, B; Jones, J C

    1992-02-01

    The adhesion complex of the corneal epithelium consists of the hemidesmosome and its associated structures, such as anchoring filaments, lamina densa of the basement membrane, and anchoring fibrils. It contributes to the adhesion of the corneal epithelium to Bowman's layer. To understand the adhesion complex better, an electron microscopic and immunofluorescence analysis was done of the reformation of the adhesion complex in small (1 mm) keratectomy wounds in the guinea pig cornea. In these wounds, the epithelium, hemidesmosomes, basal lamina, anchoring fibrils, and anterior stroma were removed. The wound bed was epithelialized completely by 24 hr after wounding. Immunofluorescence analyses involved the use of antibodies against plaque components of the hemidesmosome, an antibody against laminin, and an antibody against the collagen VII component of anchoring fibrils. At 18 hr after wounding, there was no morphologic evidence of hemidesmosomes at the epithelial-stromal interface. At 24 hr, hemidesmosomes were observed, with or without subjacent lamina densa. Furthermore, plaque components were detected by immunofluorescence in those cells in contact with the wound bed. In contrast, no type VII collagen was detected. On day 7, collagen VII, laminin, and bullous pemphigoid autoantibody markers colocalized along the wound bed as determined by immunofluorescence. However, at the ultrastructural level, even though the lamina densa of the basal lamina was observed primarily where hemidesmosomes were present, it remained incomplete. In this study, the precise temporal sequence in which components are incorporated into the assembling adhesion complex was described during wound healing. Furthermore, the possibility that the hemidesmosomal plaque nucleates the formation of the underlying basal lamina was discussed.

  10. Analysis of photoastigmatic keratectomy with the cross-cylinder ablation

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    Rosa, Nicola; De Bernardo, Maddalena; Romano, Mario R; Scarfato, Gianluca; Verdoliva, Francesco; Mastropasqua, Rodolfo; Lanza, Michele

    2012-01-01

    Aim: The aim was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the “cross-cylinder” technique in the correction of astigmatism. Setting and Design: A prospective interventional study from a university eye department was conducted. Material and Methods: The photoastigmatic refractive keratectomy (PARK) using the “cross-cylinder” technique was performed in 102 eyes of 84 patients with at least 0.75 D of astigmatism. The study population was divided into two groups: in the first group the preoperative astigmatic power ranged from –0.75 D to –3.00 D (group 1), in the second group it ranged from –3.25 D to –6.00 D (group 2). Group 1 included 82 eyes of 67 patients (29 males and 38 females) with a mean cylinder power of –1.90 ± 0.63 D, group 2 included 20 eyes of 17 patients (13 males and 4 females) with a mean cylinder power of -4.28 ± 0.76 D. All eyes were targeted for emmetropia. The results were evaluated using Calossi's vector analysis method. Six-month postoperative outcomes are presented. Results: Six months after PARK the mean sphere for the entire cohort was +0.28 ± 0.75 D (range +2.5 to –2 D), the mean cylindrical power was +0.33 ± 0.51 D (range +2.5 to –1.25 D) and the mean spherical equivalent refraction was +0.73 ± 0.81 D (range +1.75 to –2 D). Conclusions: The cross-cylinder technique may be safely used with predictable results for the correction of astigmatism. PMID:22824597

  11. Adaptive photorefractive interferometers for ultrasound detection

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    Kamshilin, Alexei A.

    2002-09-01

    The principle of optical detection of ultrasound consists in measuring the phase modulation induced by the small ultrasonic surface displacement upon a probe beam impinging on the surface. An interferometer is used to transform phase-modulated light scattered from the surface into a modulated electrical signal. Since usual material surfaces are rough, such an interferometer should operate with speckled beams. Two-wave coupling via dynamic hologram recorded in a photorefractive (PR) crystal is the simplest and efficient technique for demodulation of a transient phase shift buried in a speckled wave. PR crystal acts as a self-adjusted beam combiner providing holographic adaptation of an arbitrary object-beam wave front with that of the reference beam. Besides the wave front adaptation, the crystal also automatically stabilizes an average path difference between the interfering beams thus diminishing noise caused by random optical path difference fluctuations. Here we present a novel modification of the two-wave mixing technique based on the vectorial wave coupling in PR crystals of cubic symmetry such as semiconductors and sillenites. The linear regime of phase demodulation is achieved applying an alternating external field to the crystal. It allows us to design an adaptive interferometer with sensitivity approaching to the classical homodyne detection limit.

  12. Zernike Interpretation in Ocular Photorefraction Images

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    Shi, Lei; Chen, Ying-Ling; Baker, Kevin; Lewis, J. W. L.; Tan, Bo; Wang, Ming

    2007-11-01

    Photorefraction (PR) is a common method used in public vision screening for near/far-sightedness and cross eyes. The eye is photographed with an illuminating source close to the camera. Diagnosis is given by the intensity distribution across the pupil reflex. In this study, an enhanced PR system is assembled and used to obtain monocular images from patients in Wang Vision Institute. Thirteen rapidly sequenced IR images are taken for each eye. A target-finding algorithm locates the pupil, and the scaled intensity distribution of the pupil is color-coded into 8 levels. The false-color maps show distinguished patterns between normal and abnormal eyes. Zernike analysis of the image provides quantitative measure of the 1^st, 2^nd, and high-order ocular aberrations. The results reveal that normal eyes are predominantly described by 1st order coefficients, while abnormal eyes exhibit a significant contribution from high-order terms. This study shows that PR can be extended to detect high-order aberration in addition to its traditional applications.

  13. Autowaves in two-wave mixing in photorefractive media

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    Prudkovskii, Pavel A

    2011-01-31

    The phase part of the system of equations describing two-wave mixing in a photorefractive strongly inertial medium is studied analytically and numerically. It is shown that the solution of the system of equations evolves through a series of quasi-stationary states, and the system switches between them due to a nonlinear wave. The velocity and profile of such a 'switching wave' are completely determined by these states, which is an indication of an autowave process. The results show that the development of four-wave mixing in a strongly illuminated photorefractive medium is inevitably accompanied by intensity fluctuations. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  14. Spatial rogue waves in a photorefractive pattern-forming system.

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    Marsal, N; Caullet, V; Wolfersberger, D; Sciamanna, M

    2014-06-15

    We have experimentally analyzed pattern formation in an optical system composed of a bulk photorefractive crystal subjected to a single optical feedback. In a highly nonlinear regime far above the modulational instability threshold, we are reporting on turbulent spatiotemporal dynamics that leads to rare, intense localized optical peaks. We have proven that the statistics and features of those peaks correspond to the signatures of two-dimensional spatial rogue events. These optical rogue waves occur erratically in space and time and live typically the same amount of time as the response time of the photorefractive material.

  15. Modulation Z-scan technique for characterization of photorefractive crystals.

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    Aguilar, P A; Mondragon, J J; Stepanov, S

    1996-10-01

    We propose a simple single-beam configuration for characterization of the amplitude, speed of growth, and polarization properties of the photoinduced refractive-index change that is due to a drift photorefractive mechanism of nonlinearity in crystals, namely, the modulation Z-scan technique, based on the modulation of an externally applied electric field. The results of a simple theoretical model developed for one-dimensional parabolic photorefractive lens formation in this configuration are illustrated by original experiments with a semi-insulating GaAs crystal at lambda -1.06 microm.

  16. Observation of the photorefractive effect in a polymer

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    Ducharme, S.; Scott, J.C.; Twieg, R.J.; Moerner, W.E. )

    1991-04-08

    We report the first observation of the photorefractive effect in a polymeric material, the electro-optic polymer bisphenol-{ital A}-diglycidylether 4-nitro-1,2-phenylenediamine made photoconductive by doping with the hole-transport agent diethylamino-benzaldehyde diphenylhydrazone. The gratings formed exhibit dynamic writing and erasure, strong electric-field dependence, polarization anisotropy, and estimated space-charge fields up to 26 kV/cm at an applied field of 126 kV/cm. Application of similar concepts should provide a broad new class of easily fabricated photorefractive materials.

  17. Spatial solitons in two-photon photorefractive media

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    Hou, Chunfeng; Pei, Yanbo; Zhou, Zhongxiang; Sun, Xiudong

    2005-05-01

    We provide a theory for spatial solitons due to the two-photon photorefractive effect based on the Castro-Camus model [Opt. Lett. 28, 1129 (2003)]. We present the evolution equation of one-dimensional spatial solitons in two-photon photorefractive media. In steady state and under appropriate external bias conditions, we obtain the dark and bright soliton solutions of the optical wave evolution equation, and also discuss the self-deflection of the bright solitons theoretically by taking into account the diffusion effect.

  18. Spatial solitons in two-photon photorefractive media

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    Hou Chunfeng; Pei Yanbo; Zhou Zhongxiang; Sun Xiudong

    2005-05-15

    We provide a theory for spatial solitons due to the two-photon photorefractive effect based on the Castro-Camus model [Opt. Lett. 28, 1129 (2003)]. We present the evolution equation of one-dimensional spatial solitons in two-photon photorefractive media. In steady state and under appropriate external bias conditions, we obtain the dark and bright soliton solutions of the optical wave evolution equation, and also discuss the self-deflection of the bright solitons theoretically by taking into account the diffusion effect.

  19. Homodyne Detection Using Photorefractive Materials as Beam Splitters.

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    Boutsikaris, Leonidas

    Theoretical analyses of the energy coupling properties of a volume index of refraction grating formed inside a photorefractive material in a two wave mixing configuration are presented. Stasel'ko's theory for the electromagnetic portion of the photorefractive effect is combined with the small modulation approximation method of solving the material equations to yield a set of coupled differential equations for the complex amplitudes and intensities of transmitted plane wave optical fields. Similar equations are presented for the case where losses due to weak absorption inside the material are taken into account. If one of the two optical fields is amplitude or phase modulated at a rate much faster than the index grating formation time, then the impressed modulation appears in amplified form in the detected intensity of either of the transmitted beams. This is because the steady state photorefractively formed refractive index grating coherently combines the two optical fields just as a conventional optical beam splitter in a coherent heterodyne optical receiver. For the case of amplitude modulated optical signals the small signal gain is studied and optimized in terms of crystal parameters. For phase modulated signals, theoretical expressions for the signal-to-noise ratio of the output photocurrent are given and optimized in terms of crystal parameters and ratio of incident intensities. In a next level of sophistication, the theory of two wave mixing in photorefractive materials with interfering optical beams which have arbitrary intensity profiles is presented. A set of coupled partial differential equations that describe the steady state intensities of the two optical fields propagating inside the material is found. These equations are solved numerically for optical beams with Gaussian intensity profiles and for a specific type (e.g. 4mm) of photorefractive material. The finite extent of the overlap of the two optical beams causes the photorefractive gain to no

  20. Imaging of Lamb Waves in Plates for Quantitative Determination of Anisotropy using Photorefractive Dynamic Holography

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    Telschow, Kenneth Louis; Deason, Vance Albert; Schley, Robert Scott; Watson, Scott Marshall

    1998-06-01

    Anisotropic properties of sheet materials can be determined by measuring the propagation of Lamb waves in different directions. Electromagnetic acoustic transduction and laser ultrasonic methods provide noncontacting approaches that are often desired for application to industrial and processing environments. This paper describes a laser imaging approach utilizing the adaptive property of photorefractive materials to produce a real-time measurement of the antisymmetric Lamb wave mode in all directions simultaneously. Continuous excitation is employed enabling the data to be recorded and displayed by a CCD camera. Analysis of the image produces a direct quantitative determination of the phase velocity in all directions showing plate anisotropy in the plane. Many optical techniques for measuring ultrasonic motion at surfaces have been developed for use in applications such as vibration measurement and laser ultrasonics. Most of these methods have similar sensitivities and are based on time domain processing using homodyne, Fabry-Perot [1], and, more recently, photorefractive interferometry [2]. Generally, the methods described above do not allow measurement at more than one surface point simultaneously, requiring multiple beam movements and scanning in order to produce images of surface ultrasonic motion over a large area. Electronic speckle interferometry, including shearography, does provide images directly of vibrations over large surface areas. This method has proven very durable in the field for large displacement amplitudes of several wavelengths. In addition, a sensitivity of ë/3000 has been demonstrated under laboratory conditions [3]. Full-field imaging of traveling ultrasonic waves using digital shearography has been recently reported with sensitivity in the nanometer range [4]. With this method, optical interference occurs at the photodetector

  1. Intrastromal corneal reshaping using a high-intensity femtosecond laser: A novel method of vision correction

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    Han, Taehee

    A new technology to perform a minimally invasive cornea reshaping procedure has been developed. This can eliminate the incidence of the flap-related complications of the conventional eye refractive procedures by multiphoton processes using a very high-intensity (I ≥ 1013 W/cm 2), but low energy (Ep ˜ 100-200 microJ) femtosecond laser pulses. Due to much lower energy than that of the nanosecond laser pulses for the thermal photoablation, the multiphoton processes cause almost no collateral damage by heat and shock wave generation. In this method, a series of femtosecond laser pulses is used to create very narrow (< 30 microm) and sufficiently long (≥ 2.5 mm) micro-channels in the cornea. The micro-channels are oriented almost perpendicular to the eye's optical axis. Once the micro-channel reaches a desired length, another series of femtosecond pulses with higher intensity is efficiently delivered through the micro-channel to the endpoint where a certain amount of the stromal tissue is disintegrated by the multiphoton processes. The disintegrated fragments are ejected out of the cornea via the same micro-channel, allowing the corneal surface to collapse, and changing its refractive power. This new corneal reshaping method obviates any process of damaging the corneal surface layer, while retaining the advantages of the conventional refractive procedures such as Laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). In order to demonstrate the flapless cornea reshaping procedure, we have conducted ex-vivo experiments on fresh porcine eyes. The reshaped corneas were evaluated by using optical coherence tomography (OCT). The test results have shown that this flapless intrastromal procedure can reshape the cornea as intended with almost no surface damage. We have also performed a series of experiments to demonstrate the multiphoton processes in the corneal tissue by very high-intensity femtosecond laser pulses. Through the optical emission

  2. Formation of Photonic Structures in Photorefractive Lithium Niobate by 1D and 2D Bessel-like Optical Fields

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    Inyushov, A.; Safronova, P.; Trushnikov, I.; Sarkyt, A.; Shandarov, V.

    2017-06-01

    Both, one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) Bessel-like beams with different topology of 2D beam cross-sections are formed from Gaussian laser beams using the amplitude masks and Fresnel biprisms. These almost diffraction-free light fields with wavelengths of 532 and 633 nm can change the refractive indices of photorefractive lithium niobate samples and form within them the nonlinear photonic diffraction structures. The characteristics of photonic structures induced in this way are studied by diffraction of monochromatic light with wavelengths of 633 and 532 nm.

  3. Photovoltaic effect in Bi{sub 2}TeO{sub 5} photorefractive crystal

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    Oliveira, Ivan de Capovilla, Danilo Augusto

    2015-10-12

    We report on the presence of a strong photovoltaic effect on nominally undoped photorefractive Bi{sub 2}TeO{sub 5} crystals and estimated their Glass photovoltaic constant and photovoltaic field for λ = 532 nm illumination. We directly measured the photovoltaic-based photocurrent in this material under λ = 532 nm wavelength laser light illumination and compared its behavior with that of a well known photovoltaic Fe-doped Lithium Niobate crystal. We also show the photovoltaic current to strongly depend on the polarization direction of light. Holographic diffraction efficiency oscillation during recording and the behavior of fringe-locked running holograms in self-stabilized experiments are also demonstrated here as additional indirect proofs of the photovoltaic nature of this material.

  4. Fabrication and evaluation of photorefractive waveguide in LiNbO3:Fe

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    Tarjányi, N.; Káčik, D.

    2011-05-01

    Utilization of the photorefractive effect for creation of the waveguiding region may offer rather cheap, easy, "green" (chemicals-free) and flexible way to fabricate the waveguiding-based devices for integrated optics in proper media. We present results of a single waveguide fabrication in LiNbO3:Fe crystal by means of a single Ar+ ion laser beam with special spatial distribution of intensity. The process of the waveguide creation is, in real time, monitored by means of Mach-Zehnder interferometer. According to interpretation of the resulting interferogram this allows to control the time of the exposure needed for reaching the desired difference between the refractive indices of the waveguiding and surrounding regions. The waveguiding properties of the structure are practically demonstrated.

  5. Characterization of highly photorefractive and active silica-germania sputtered thin films

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    Berneschi, S.; Brenci, M.; Chiasera, A.; Ferrari, M.; Nunzi Conti, G.; Pelli, S.; Sebastiani, S.; Tosello, C.; Righini, G. C.

    2006-02-01

    We report on the characterization of highly photorefractive Er 3+/Yb 3+-doped silica-germania planar waveguides deposited by radio-frequency-magnetron-sputtering technique. Details of the deposition process in order to get low loss, single mode waveguides at 1550 nm are described. The material presents an intense absorption band in the UV region and irradiation by a KrF excimer laser source produces large positive refractive index changes, without the need of particular sensitization procedures. Dark line spectroscopy of the waveguide modes at 635 nm was performed to calculate the index change under UV exposure. Highly efficient photo-induced phase gratings have been fabricated in the slab waveguide. Waveguides spectroscopic properties of the 4I 13/2 <=> 4I 15/2 transition of the Er 3+ ion, including lifetime and emission bandwidth, were examined. Photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy was also recorded to detect the Yb 3+ to Er 3+ energy transfer process.

  6. Matrix.Vector Multiplication In Thin Photorefractive Crystal

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    Cheng, Li-Jen; Gheen, Gregory O.

    1990-01-01

    Thin GaAs device integrated with other electronic and optoelectronic devices. Experiments show matrix.vector multiplication performed optically by four-wave mixing in thin crystal of GaAs. Concept applicable to thin crystals of other photorefractive materials having suitable electro-optical properties and same crystalline symmetry as that of GaAs.

  7. Matrix.Vector Multiplication In Thin Photorefractive Crystal

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    Cheng, Li-Jen; Gheen, Gregory O.

    1990-01-01

    Thin GaAs device integrated with other electronic and optoelectronic devices. Experiments show matrix.vector multiplication performed optically by four-wave mixing in thin crystal of GaAs. Concept applicable to thin crystals of other photorefractive materials having suitable electro-optical properties and same crystalline symmetry as that of GaAs.

  8. Thin film processing of photorefractive BaTiO3

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    Schuster, Paul R.; Potember, Richard S.

    1991-01-01

    The principle objectives of this ongoing research involve the preparation and characterization of polycrystalline single-domain thin films of BaTiO3 for photorefractive applications. These films must be continuous, free of cracks, and of high optical quality. The two methods proposed are sputtering and sol-gel related processing.

  9. Photorefractive digital holographic microscopy applied in microstructures analysis

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    Brito, Isis V.; Gesualdi, Marcos R. R.; Ricardo, Jorge; Palácios, Francisco; Muramatsu, Mikiya; Valin, José L.

    2013-01-01

    In this work, we present a Photorefractive Digital Holographic Microscopy (PRDHM) technique based on the writing-reading holographic process in photorefractive Bi12TiO20 (BTO) crystal and the obtainment of phase and amplitude of the object wave were performed by a digital holographic method. We demonstrate that the wave diffracted by a photorefractive hologram recorded in a BTO crystal can be combined with a reference wave to record a second hologram in a CCD sensor in a configuration of digital holographic microscopy. The experimental measurements were performed on samples like red blood cells and a thin film structure, and were obtained quantitative values of amplitude and phase of the object wave, as well as 3D graphs, of the analyzed samples by the digital reconstruction holographic method. This technique presents a new method in replacement of the usual methods for reconstruction of holograms recorded in a photorefractive crystal and also presents the possibilities to obtain 3D phase images for surfaces characterization and applications in dynamic holography.

  10. Effective spherical aberration of the cornea as a quantitative descriptor in corneal topography.

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    Seiler, T; Reckmann, W; Maloney, R K

    1993-01-01

    Following excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy and other refractive surgical procedures, complaints of halos, glare, and monocular diplopia are common. These procedures increase the asphericity of the cornea, which may cause the optical distortions. We used ray tracing techniques to estimate the longitudinal monochromatic aberration of the cornea from the measured corneal topography (effective spherical aberration) in 15 normal eyes with varying degrees of astigmatism and in ten eyes after photorefractive keratectomy. Best spherical corrected visual acuity in the astigmatic eyes was highly correlated with effective spherical aberration (r = -0.9527, P < .001). In the eyes that had photorefractive keratectomy, the effective spherical aberration was highly correlated with measured glare visual acuity (r = 0.875, P < .002). These results suggest that effective spherical aberration is a valuable topographic measure that provides information about the optical performance of aspheric corneas.

  11. Enhancement of photorefractive sensitivity in indium-doped lithium niobate crystal

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    Qiao, Haijun; Xu, Jingjun; Wu, Qiang; Yu, Xuanyi; Zhang, Xinzheng; Zhang, Guangyin

    2002-09-01

    The photorefractive effect in Indium-doped litium niobate crystal was studied. We found that the enhanced photorefractive sensitivity could be realized in the so-called photorefractive resistance lithium niobate crystals, even higher than the well-known iron doped ones. We explained the unusual qualitatively. The experimental result enriches us the knowledge of the properties of doped lithium niobate crystals and provides some advice in growing specific crystal.

  12. Effects of photocrosslinking on photorefractive properties in polymer-liquid crystal composites

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    Ono, Hiroshi; Hasebe, Ryoya; Sasaki, Tomoyuki; Noda, Kohei; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro

    2014-03-01

    This article presents effects of photocrosslinking on photorefractive properties in polymer-liquid crystal composites doped with fullerene (C60) as a photoconductive agent. The efficiency of the photorefraction was improved by crosslinking the polymer network and reached near to the theoretical limit for the thin phase grating. The carrier conduction in the composite films was investigated and the high-performance photorefractivity of the photocrosslinked mesogenic composite was explained by low dark current and high photocurrent. The firm crosslinked polymer network in the polymer-liquid crystal composite has also employed for the stable photorefractive diffraction at elevated temperature and under a static dc field applied the mesogenic composite film.

  13. Observation of photorefractive effects in blue-phase liquid crystal containing fullerene-C60.

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    Khoo, Iam Choon; Chen, Chun-Wei; Ho, Tsung-Jui

    2016-01-01

    Photorefractive effects manifested in two beam coupling and side diffractions are observed in fullerene-C60 doped blue-phase liquid crystals (BPLC-C60) upon application of a DC bias field. The mechanism at work here is attributed to BPLC lattice distortion by the combined DC (Edc)+ photorefractive space-charge (Ephoto) fields, in addition to the DC + optical field induced effects reported in previous studies of dye-doped system. The first order diffraction efficiency of ∼2×10-3 and beam coupling gain of over 2% are observed in a 55 μm thick sample with input laser beam power of 5 mW at an applied DC voltage of 160 V. The effective nonlinear index coefficient n2 of BPLC-C60 is measured to be on the order of 10-2  cm2/W, which is slightly lower than their NLC counterparts. Owing to the isotropy of BPLC optical properties, these effects can be observed with more relaxed requirements on the laser polarizations, directions of incidence, and sample orientations.

  14. Detection of Corneal Fibrosis by Imaging Second Harmonic–Generated Signals in Rabbit Corneas Treated with Mitomycin C after Excimer Laser Surface Ablation

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    Farid, Marjan; Morishige, Naoyuki; Lam, Larry; Wahlert, Andrew; Steinert, Roger F.; Jester, James V.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Recent studies have shown that confocal imaging of second harmonic–generated (SHG) signals can detect corneal collagen organization. The purpose of this study was to assess whether SHG signals can detect differences in corneal fibrosis after excimer laser surface ablation (photorefractive keratectomy [PRK]). Methods Rabbits received 9-D PRK in one eye followed by treatment with either mitomycin C (MMC) or vehicle. Corneal haze was measured by in vivo confocal microscopy before and 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks after surgery. Animals were then killed and corneas were evaluated by visible and nonlinear confocal microscopy. Results PRK induced significant haze in vehicle-treated corneas that peaked at 2 weeks and remained elevated at 12 weeks after surgery. MMC treatment significantly (P = 0.05) reduced corneal haze at 2 weeks and was essentially normal by 12 weeks. Imaging of SHG signals in vehicle-treated eyes showed an anterior layer of collagen forming a honeycomb network blending into a dense mat of irregularly arranged collagen fibers that overlaid normal orthogonally arranged collagen lamellae. MMC treatment showed normal collagen organization at the surface. Fibrotic tissue was associated with a high cell density and alignment of intracellular actin filaments with collagen fiber bundles. In MMC-treated eyes, an anterior acellular zone overlaid a sparsely populated stroma containing isolated and enlarged keratocytes. Conclusions Imaging of SHG signals provides a sensitive means for detection of corneal fibrosis after surface ablation and can be used to assess the effects of antifibrotic therapy on corneal healing after refractive surgery. PMID:18502995

  15. The U.S. Air Force Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) Study: Evaluation of Residual Refractive Error and High- and Low-Contrast Visual Acuity

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    2006-07-01

    Vision Disturbances After Corneal Refractive Surgery,” Survey of Ophthalmology, 47(6), Nov-Dec 2002, pp. 533-46. 18. Van de Pol C, Soya K, Hwang DG...Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, Ft Rucker, AL, May 2002. 23. Tomidokoro A, Soya K, Miyata K, Armin B, Tanaka S, Amano S, et al., “Corneal

  16. Photorefractive phased array antenna beam-forming processor

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    Sarto, Anthony W.; Wagner, Kelvin H.; Weverka, Robert T.; Blair, Steven M.; Weaver, Samuel P.

    1996-11-01

    A high bandwidth, large degree-of-freedom photorefractive phased-array antenna beam-forming processor which uses 3D dynamic volume holograms in photorefractive crystals to time integrate the adaptive weights to perform beam steering and jammer-cancellation signal-processing tasks is described. The processor calculates the angle-of-arrival of a desired signal of interest and steers the antenna pattern in the direction of this desired signal by forming a dynamic holographic grating proportional to the correlation between the incoming signal of interest from the antenna array and the temporal waveform of the desired signal. Experimental results of main-beam formation and measured array-functions are presented in holographic index grating and the resulting processor output.

  17. Photoconductivity and photoconversion at a photorefractive thin crystal plate

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    Frejlich, Jaime; de Oliveira, Ivan; de Araujo, William R.; Carvalho, Jesiel F.; Montenegro, Renata; Georges, Marc; Fleury-Frenette, Karl

    2016-05-01

    We report on the photoconductivity and the photoelectric conversion measured on a thin photorefractive sillenite crystal plate, between transparent electrodes, in the longitudinal configuration where the current is measured along the same direction of the light beam through the sample. Its behavior is based on the already reported light-induced Schottky effect. The wavelength for optimal photoconductivity is determined. A specific parameter is formulated here for quantitatively determining the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the sandwiched material.

  18. Updateable 3D Display Using Large Area Photorefractive Polymer Devices

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    2013-04-01

    holography , photorefractive polymers, 3D display, large area displays, 3D visualization, 3D rendering, dye-doped polymers U U U SAR 38 Charles Lee (703) 696...Symposium on Display Holography (ISDH 2012), MIT Media Lab, Boston MA, June 2012.  Pierre St Hilaire et al., “Are stereograms holograms? A human...perception analysis of sampled perspective holography ” 9th International Symposium on Display Holography (ISDH 2012), MIT Media Lab, Boston MA, June 2012

  19. Orientation of optic axis in wedged photorefractive crystals

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    Kos, Konstantine; Siahmakoun, Azad Z.

    1996-02-01

    A holographic method for finding the orientation of the optic axis of uniaxial photorefractive crystals is proposed. A theoretical procedure for determining the wedge angle of such crystals has also been developed. Two BaTiO 3 crystals grown by the same vender are examined and the resulting measurements lead to the values of wedge angle with an accuracy of about ±0.1°.

  20. Near-infrared sensitive organic-inorganic photorefractive device

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    Marinova, Vera; Liu, Ren-Chung; Lin, Shiuan-Huei; Chen, Ming-Syuan; Lin, Yi-Hsin; Hsu, Ken-Yuh

    2016-10-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid structure, assembled by Rh-doped Bi12TiO20 crystal and liquid crystal (LC) layer, operating at near-infrared range is proposed and demonstrated. Due to the photorefractive properties of inorganic substrate, light illumination caused a space charge field which acts as a driving force for LC molecules re-alignment and subsequent refractive index modulation. All optically controlled phase retardation ability has been demonstrated supporting possibilities for further infrared applications.

  1. Infrared predetection dynamic range compression via photorefractive crystals

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    Liu, Hua-Kuang; Cheng, Li-Jen

    1988-01-01

    The theoretical basis and practical implementation of a predetection dynamic-range compression technique for IR sensor systems are discussed. The approach takes advantage of the nonlinear intensity dependence of the gain coefficient in photorefractive crystals. Its feasibility is demonstrated in numerical computations using the experimental data of Cheng and Partovi (1986) on two-wave mixing in GaAs at 1.15 micron wavelength.

  2. Photorefractivity in liquid crystals doped with a soluble conjugated polymer.

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    Niemczyk, M. P.; Svec, W. A.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Wiederrecht, G. P.

    1999-07-07

    Photoconductive polymers are doped into liquid crystals to create a new mechanism for space-charge field formation in photorefractive liquid crystal composites. The composites contain poly(2,5-bis(2{prime}-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (BEH-PPV) and the electron acceptor N,N{prime}-dioctyl-1,4:5,8-naphthalenediimide, NI. Using asymmetric energy transfer (beam coupling) measurements that are diagnostic for the photorefractive effect, the direction of beam coupling as a function of grating fringe spacing inverts at a spacing of 5.5 {micro}m. We show that the inversion is due to a change in the dominant mechanism for space-charge field formation. At small fringe spacings, the space-charge field is formed by ion diffusion in which the photogenerated anion is the more mobile species. At larger fringe spacings, the polarity of the space charge field inverts due to dominance of a charge transport mechanism in which photogenerated holes are the most mobile species due to hole migration along the BEH-PPV chains coupled with interchain hole hopping. Control experiments are presented, which use composites that can access only one of the two charge transport mechanisms. The results show that charge migration over long distances leading to enhanced photorefractive effects can be obtained using conjugated polymers dissolved in liquid crystals.

  3. Photorefractivity in a polymeric composite photosensitized with NiS nanocrystals

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    Fears, Tyler M.; Anderson, Charles; Winiarz, Jeffrey G.

    2008-10-01

    The photorefractive performance of a polymeric composite photosensitized through the inclusion of NiS nanocrystals is described. The nanocrystals were characterized using visible-absorption spectroscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. We further demonstrate the ability to enhance various aspects of the composite's photorefractive performance by performing ligand exchange on the nanocrystals prior to their incorporation into the polymer composite. This procedure resulted in a lowering of the overmodulation voltage from ˜70to˜50V/μm without affecting the maximum diffraction efficiency of ˜40%. An increase in the two-beam-coupling gain coefficient was similarly observed, increasing from 38to79cm-1. The photoconductivities were used in determining the overall quantum efficiencies associated with the photorefractive devices. All experiments were conducted at 633nm and the data represent a significant improvement in the photorefractive performance of inorganic-organic hybrid photorefractive materials.

  4. Photorefractive and computational holography in the experimental generation of Airy beams

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    Suarez, Rafael A. B.; Vieira, Tarcio A.; Yepes, Indira S. V.; Gesualdi, Marcos R. R.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we present the experimental generation of Airy beams via computational and photorefractive holography. Experimental generation of Airy beams using conventional optical components presents several difficulties and a practically infeasible. Thus, the optical generation of Airy beams has been made from the optical reconstruction of a computer generated hologram implemented by a spatial light modulator. In the photorefractive holography technique, being used for the first time to our knowledge, the hologram of an Airy beam is constructed (recorded) and reconstructed (read) optically in a nonlinear photorefractive medium. The Airy beam experimental realization was made by a setup of computational and photorefractive holography using a photorefractive Bi12 TiO20 crystal as holographic recording medium. Airy beams and Airy beam arrays were obtained experimentally in accordance with the predicted theory; with excellent prospects for applications in optical trapping and optical communications systems.

  5. Laser adaptive holographic hydrophone

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    Romashko, R V; Kulchin, Yu N; Bezruk, M N; Ermolaev, S A

    2016-03-31

    A new type of a laser hydrophone based on dynamic holograms, formed in a photorefractive crystal, is proposed and studied. It is shown that the use of dynamic holograms makes it unnecessary to use complex optical schemes and systems for electronic stabilisation of the interferometer operating point. This essentially simplifies the scheme of the laser hydrophone preserving its high sensitivity, which offers the possibility to use it under a strong variation of the environment parameters. The laser adaptive holographic hydrophone implemented at present possesses the sensitivity at a level of 3.3 mV Pa{sup -1} in the frequency range from 1 to 30 kHz. (laser hydrophones)

  6. Doppler Frequency-Shift Compensated Photorefractive Interferometer for Ultrasound Detection on Objects in Motion

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    Campagne, B.; Blouin, A.; Néron, C.; Monchalin, J.-P.

    2003-03-01

    Two-wave mixing based interferometry has been demonstrated to be a powerful technique for non-contact, broadband and speckle insensitive measurements of the small surface displacements produced by ultrasonic waves propagating in an object. When the object is in rapid motion along the line-of-sight of the probing laser or when the laser beam is rapidly scanned on a wavy surface, the two-wave mixing photorefractive interferometer loses sensitivity to the point it could become useless. To circumvent the Doppler frequency-shift produced by this relative motion, we propose a dynamic compensation scheme. We report a particularly simple scheme to implement this concept by monitoring the low-frequency output signal of a balanced two-wave mixing demodulator whose output is proportional to the frequency difference between the pump and signal beams, and feeding this signal back to the acousto-optic shifter. With this new concept, the two-wave mixing interferometer can operate on objects in rapid motion while maintaining its sensitivity to low frequency ultrasound.

  7. Diffraction response of photorefractive polymers over nine orders of magnitude of pulse duration

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    Blanche, Pierre-Alexandre; Lynn, Brittany; Churin, Dmitriy; Kieu, Khanh; Norwood, Robert A.; Peyghambarian, Nasser

    2016-01-01

    The development of a single mode fiber-based pulsed laser with variable pulse duration, energy, and repetition rate has enabled the characterization of photorefractive polymer (PRP) in a previously inaccessible regime located between millisecond and microsecond single pulse illumination. With the addition of CW and nanosecond pulse lasers, four wave mixing measurements covering 9 orders of magnitudes in pulse duration are reported. Reciprocity failure of the diffraction efficiency according to the pulse duration for a constant energy density is observed and attributed to multiple excitation, transport and trapping events of the charge carriers. However, for pulses shorter than 30 μs, the efficiency reaches a plateau where an increase in energy density no longer affects the efficiency. This plateau is due to the saturation of the charge generation at high peak power given the limited number of sensitizer sites. The same behavior is observed in two different types of devices composed of the same material but with or without a buffer layer covering one electrode, which confirm the origin of these mechanisms. This new type of measurement is especially important to optimize PRP for applications using short pulse duration. PMID:27364998

  8. Valacyclovir for the prevention of recurrent herpes simplex virus eye disease after excimer laser photokeratectomy.

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    Asbell, P A

    2000-01-01

    PURPOSE: A variety of factors have been reported as inducing the reactivation of latent herpes simplex virus (HSV), among them stress, trauma, and UV radiation. Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a surgical procedure utilizing a 193 nm ultraviolet light to alter the curvature of the cornea and hence correct vision. Reactivation of ocular herpes simplex keratitis following such excimer laser PRK has been reported. All published cases of HSV reactivation following excimer laser treatment in humans are reviewed. The present study evaluates whether stress, trauma of the corneal de-epithelialization prior to the laser, or the excimer laser treatment itself to the stromal bed induces this ocular reactivation of the latent HSV, and whether a systemic antiviral agent, valacyclovir, would prevent such laser PRK-induced reactivation of the HSV. METHODS: Forty-three normal 1.5- to 2.5-kg New Zealand white rabbits were infected on the surface of the cornea with HSV-1, strain RE. The animals were monitored until resolution, and then all animals were divided into 5 treatment groups: (1) de-epithelialization only, intraperitoneal (i.p.) saline for 14 days; (2) de-epithelialization plus laser, i.p. saline for 14 days; (3) de-epithelialization plus laser, valacyclovir 50 mg/kg per day i.p. for 14 days; (4) de-epithelialization plus laser, valacyclovir 100 mg/kg per day i.p. for 14 days; (5) de-epithelialization plus laser, valacyclovir 150 mg/kg per day i.p. for 14 days. Animals were evaluated in a masked fashion by clinical examination biweekly and viral cultures biweekly through day 28. RESULTS: The reactivation rates were as follows: group 1, 0%; group 2, 67%; group 3, 50%; group 4, 17%; and group 5, 0%. Viral titers were negative in animals that had no reactivation but persistently positive in those that had reactivation (day 6 through day 28). CONCLUSIONS: Excimer laser (193 nm) treatment can trigger reactivation of ocular herpes disease (67%) and viral

  9. Cyanoacrylate adhesive with conjunctival resection and superficial keratectomy in Mooren's ulcer.

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    Agrawal, V; Kumar, A; Sangwan, V; Rao, G N

    1996-03-01

    Seventeen eyes of thirteen patients with Mooren's ulcer were treated with a combination therapy of local and systemic steroids, conjunctival resection, superficial keratectomy and application of cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive. The pathology was classified as acute, subacute and chronic. Ulcers were graded based on the extent of corneal thinning, degree and extent of ulceration, and amount of inflammation. Fourteen eyes (82.4%) healed completely with formation of a vascularised scars, while three eyes (17.6%) failed to respond to treatment and either went into phthisis bulbi or healed with gross tissue distortion. Our study suggests an early intervention of this therapy with cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive application for effective control of Mooren's ulceration.

  10. Controlling and synchronizing the spatiotemporal chaos of photorefractive ring oscillators with coupling

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    Chen, Xiaoxiao; Feng, Xiuqin; Tian, Zuolin; Yao, Zhihai

    2016-06-01

    We present the control and synchronization of spatiotemporal chaos in the photo-refractive ring oscillator systems with coupling technology. First, we realize the synchronization of spatiotemporal chaos in the two photorefractive ring oscillator systems via mutual coupling by choosing a suitable coupling strength. With the mutual coupling strength enlarging, the two mutual coupling photorefractive ring oscillator systems are controlled into periodic state, period number differs on account of the coupling strength and lattice coordinates. By increasing the coupling strength, the photorefractive ring oscillator is converted into period 8, subsequently it is converted into periods 4 and 2, periodic synchronization of the photorefractive ring oscillator systems is achieved at the same time. Calculation results show that period 1 is impossible by mutual coupling technology. Then, we investigate the influence of noise and parameter deviation on chaotic synchronization. We find that mutual coupling chaotic synchronization method can synchronize two chaotic systems with the weak noise and parameter deviation and has very good robustness. Given that the weak noise and parameter deviation have a slight effect on synchronization. Furthermore, we investigate two dimension control and synchronization of spatiotemporal chaos in the photorefractive ring osillator systems with coupling technology and get successful results. Mutual coupling technology is suitable in practical photorefractive ring oscillator systems.

  11. Defect-mediated discrete solitons in optically induced photorefractive lattices

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    Li Yongyao; Pang Wei; Chen Yongzhu; Yu Zhiqiang; Zhou Jianying; Zhang Huarong

    2009-10-15

    Theoretical analysis to the defect mediated discrete solitons in one- and two-dimensional periodical waveguide lattices is presented. The waveguide arrays with these functional defects are assumed to respond to the light field as an optically induced photorefraction and they are patterned by a holographic technique. It is found that the spatial energy distributions of the solitary waves can be controlled by the defects in the waveguide arrays, and this gives rise to an additional freedom to externally shaping the light field distribution to a special shape.

  12. Interdigitated coplanar electrodes for enhanced sensitivity in a photorefractive polymer.

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    Christenson, C W; Greenlee, C; Lynn, B; Thomas, J; Blanche, P-A; Voorakaranam, R; Hilaire, P St; LaComb, L J; Norwood, R A; Yamamoto, M; Peyghambarian, N

    2011-09-01

    Organic photorefractive polymer composites can be made to exhibit near 100% diffraction efficiency and fast writing times, though large external slants are needed to project the applied field onto the grating vector. We show here that the use of interdigitated electrodes on a single plane provides similar performance to these standard devices and geometries but without a external slant angle. This new device's structure also greatly improves the diffraction efficiency and sensitivity compared to less slanted standard devices necessary for some real applications, such as holographic displays, optical coherence imaging, and in-plane switching.

  13. Photorefractive effect in CdMnTe:V Crystal

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    Pour, K. M.; Chattopadahyay, K.; Chen, H.; Chen, K. T.; Morgan, S.; Burger, A.

    1998-01-01

    We present two-wave mixing result obtained with a CdMnTe:V crystal. A photorefractive gain coefficient of 0.20 /cm was observed at 633 nm with the signal-to-pump ratio being of the order of 10(exp -3). This crystal was grown by vertical Bridgman Technique and doped with Vanadium during the growth. The crystal were of good optical quality and showed high resistivity. Room temperature absorption and low temperature photoluminescence studies comparing the band edge and defect center at the doped and undoped CdMnTe crystal will also be discussed.

  14. Perylene bisimide derivatives as innovative sensitizers for photorefractive composites

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    Schemme, Thomas; Ditte, Katharina; Travkin, Evgenij; Jiang, Wei; Wang, Zhaohui; Denz, Cornelia

    2012-06-01

    In photorefractive composites, we replace the commonly used fullerene derivative phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) by the perylene bisimide dimer DiPBI. In samples, wherein poly-n-vinylcarbazole (PVK) is the charge transporting agent and 4-cyano-4-n-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) the nonlinear optical unit, we observe dramatic enhancements in the overall performance of the composites. When we replace PVK by N,N-diphenyl-N, N-bis(3-methylphenyl)-[1, 1-biphenyl]-4, 4-diamine (TPD) doped polystyrene (PS), the internal photocurrent efficiency is further improved by a factor 11.

  15. Dynamic holographic interferometry by photorefractive crystals for quantitative deformation measurements.

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    Pouet, B; Krishnaswamy, S

    1996-02-10

    A holographic interferometer that uses two-wave mixing in a photorefractive (Bi12SiO20) crystal under an applied ac field is described. The interferometer uses a repetitive sequence of separate record and readout times to obtain quasi real-time holographic interferograms of vibrating objects. It is shown that a good signal-to-noise ratio of the interferometer is obtained by turning off the object illumination and the applied ac field during readout of the hologram. The good signal-to-noise ratio of the resulting holographic interferograms enables phase measurement, which allows for quantitative deformation analysis.

  16. Photovoltaic dependence of photorefractive grating on the externally applied dc electric field

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    Maurya, M. K.; Yadav, R. A.

    2013-04-01

    Photovoltaic dependence of photorefractive grating (i.e., space-charge field and phase-shift of the index grating) on the externally applied dc electric field in photovoltaic-photorefractive materials has been investigated. The influence of photovoltaic field (EPhN), diffusion field and carrier concentration ratio r (donor/acceptor impurity concentration ratio) on the space-charge field (SCF) and phase-shift of the index grating in the presence and absence of the externally applied dc electric field have also been studied in details. Our results show that, for a given value of EPhN and r, the magnitude of the SCF and phase-shift of the index grating can be enhanced significantly by employing the lower dc electric field (EON<10) across the photovoltaic-photorefractive crystal and higher value of diffusion field (EDN>40). Such an enhancement in the magnitude of the SCF and phase-shift of the index grating are responsible for the strongest beam coupling in photovoltaic-photorefractive materials. This sufficiently strong beam coupling increases the two-beam coupling gain that may be exceed the absorption and reflection losses of the photovoltaic-photorefractive sample, and optical amplification can occur. The higher value of optical amplification in photovoltaic-photorefractive sample is required for the every applications of photorefractive effect so that technology based on the photorefractive effect such as holographic storage devices, optical information processing, acousto-optic tunable filters, gyro-sensors, optical modulators, optical switches, photorefractive-photovoltaic solitons, biomedical applications, and frequency converters could be improved.

  17. Postoperative Efficacy, Predictability, Safety, and Visual Quality of Laser Corneal Refractive Surgery: A Network Meta-analysis.

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    Wen, Daizong; McAlinden, Colm; Flitcroft, Ian; Tu, Ruixue; Wang, Qinmei; Alió, Jorge; Marshall, John; Huang, Yingying; Song, Benhao; Hu, Liang; Zhao, Yune; Zhu, Senmiao; Gao, Rongrong; Bao, Fangjun; Yu, Ayong; Yu, Ye; Lian, Hengli; Huang, Jinhai

    2017-06-01

    To compare the postoperative efficacy, predictability, safety, and visual quality of all major forms of laser corneal refractive surgeries for correcting myopia. Systematic review and network meta-analysis. Search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and the US trial registry was conducted up to November 2015. Randomized controlled trials (RCT) reporting in accordance with the eligibility criteria were included in this review. We performed a Bayesian random-effects network meta-analysis. Forty-eight RCTs were identified. For efficacy (uncorrected visual acuity [UCVA]), there were no statistically significant differences between any pair of treatments analyzed. The SUCRA (surface under the cumulative ranking curve) ranking (from best to worst) was femtosecond-based laser in situ keratomileusis (FS-LASIK), LASIK, small-incision lenticule extraction, femtosecond lenticule extraction (FLEx), photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK), epipolis (Epi)-LASIK, transepithelial PRK (T-PRK). For predictability (refractive spherical equivalent [SE]), a statistically significant difference was found when FS-LASIK was compared with LASIK (odds ratio [OR] 2.29, 95% credible interval [CrI] 1.20-4.14), PRK (OR 2.16, 95% CrI 1.15-4.03), LASEK (OR 2.09, 95% CrI 1.08-4.55), and Epi-LASIK (OR 2.74, 95% CrI 1.11-6.20). The SUCRA ranking (from best to worst) was FS-LASIK, T-PRK, LASEK, PRK, LASIK, Epi-LASIK. There were no statistically significant differences in the safety (best spectacle-corrected visual acuity) comparisons. For both postoperative higher-order aberrations (HOAs) and contrast sensitivity (CS), there were no statistically significant differences between any pair of treatments analyzed. The SUCRA ranking results show that some corneal surface ablation techniques (PRK and LASEK) rank highest. This network meta-analysis shows that there were no statistically significant differences in either visual outcomes (efficacy and safety) or visual

  18. Image Storage and Real-Time Distorted Image Correction by Using Photorefractivity in a Stable Photorefractive Polymer Composite

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    Wang, Feng; Chen, Zhi-jian; Gong, Qi-huang; Chen, Yi-wang; Chen, Hui-ying

    1999-06-01

    Using a highly stable and excellently performed three-component photorefractive (PR) polymer composite, poly(N-vinylcarbazole):1-n-butoxyl-2,5-dimethyl-4-(4'-nitrophenylazo)benzene:2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenone, optical image storage was demonstrated. The dark storage time was 5-7 h. The PR response time was measured to be about 200 ms at an intensity of 1 W/cm2 with an applied electric field of 84 V/μm. A proof-of-principle experiment on real-time correction of distorted images based on phase conjugattion of four-wave mixing geometry was also carried out.

  19. Segregation and inhomogeneities in photorefractive SBN fibers

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    Erdei, Sandor; Galambos, Ludwig; Tanaka, Isao; Hesselink, Lambertus; Ainger, Frank W.; Cross, Leslie E.; Feigelson, Robert S.

    1996-10-01

    Ce doped and undoped SrxBa1-xNb2O6 (SBN) fibers grown by the laser heated pedestal growth (LHPG) technique in Stanford University were investigated by 2D scanning electron microprobe analysis. The SBN fibers grown along c [001] or a [100] axes often show radially distributed optical inhomogeneities (core effects) of varying magnitude. Ba enrichment and Sr reduction were primarily detected in the core which can be qualitatively described by a complex-segregation effect. This defect structure as a complex-congruency related phenomenon modified by the composition-control mechanism of LHPG system. Its radial dependence of effective segregation coefficient is described by the modified Burton-Prim- Slichter equation.

  20. Phase and direction dependence of photorefraction in a low-frequency strong circular-polarized plane wave

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    Huang, Yong-Sheng; Wang, Nai-Yan; Tang, Xiu-Zhang

    2015-05-01

    Contrary to the superposition principle, it is well known that photorefraction exists in the vacuum with the presence of a strong static field, a laser field, or a rotational magnetic field. Different from the classical optical crystals, the refractive index also depends on the phase of the strong electromagnetic field. We obtain the phase and direction dependence of the refractive index of a probe wave incident in the strong field of a circular-polarized plane wave by solving the Maxwell equations corrected by the effective Lagrangian. It may provide a valuable theoretical basis to calculate the polarization evolution of waves in the strong electromagnetic circumstances of pulsar or neutron stars. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB808104) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11105233).

  1. A design study of a photorefractive page composer

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    1975-01-01

    A laboratory demonstration and preliminary system analysis of a page composer designed to have the dual advantages of low optical loss and small size, were reported. The current page composer is optically addressed and functions by virtue of optically induced refractive index changes in the active material. Laboratory demonstrations of the device were successfully performed using 10 x 10 bit and 128 x 128 bit data arrays. It was established that the only significant obstacle to the construction of a brass-board model working at megabit data rates is the lack of sensitivity of the photorefractive materials which were considered during the course of this study. Possible materials for future consideration are the photoplastics. While they have more than the required sensitivity, their stability and suitability for double exposure holography was not investigated. If a sufficiently sensitive material is found, then the photorefractive page composer could be built to perform in a highly efficient fashion which would result in a overall reduction of the size of the memory system and an easing of the requirements upon the sensitivity of the holographic recording material.

  2. Orientation-Enhanced Photorefractive Effect in PVK-PBA:DR1:TNF Polymer

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    Li, Lu-Ying; Zhao, You-Yuan; Li, Fu-Ming; Yang, Jian; Chen, Guo-Rong; Wang, Chang-Chun

    2004-08-01

    We developed a novel photorefractive (PR) polymer PVK-PBA:DR1:TNF, and its film sample was prepared with outstanding performance by using the method of combination of vacuum saturated vapour resolving with vacuum hot-pressing. The sample exhibits distinctive PR properties with the two-beam coupling coefficient up to 140 cm-1 and four-wave mixing (FWM) diffraction efficiency above 1.5% in the absence of applied external electric field. The designed experiments, including measurements of the second-order nonlinear coefficient and birefringence as well as the relationship between the diffraction efficiencies of the FWM and the external bias field, were performed to understand the underlying mechanism, because this phenomenon cannot be explained by the conventional PR theories. It is presented that because of its high orientational mobility and large dipole moment, the polymer produces the photovoltaic effect under the irradiation of laser to induce a space-charge field so as to engender the PR effect under zero or low external fields. A model based on the assumption was established and the simulation agrees well with the experimental results.

  3. Photorefractive effects in polymer dissolved liquid crystal composites dopes with fullerene derivatives

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    Ono, Hiroshi; Hasebe, Ryoya; Sasaki, Tomoyuki; Noda, Kohei; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro

    2013-07-01

    We investigated the photorefractive performance of the polymer dissolved liquid crystalline composite (PDLCC), in which liquid crystalline polymer and low-molar-mass liquid crystal are miscible without phase separation, doped with three kinds of fullerene derivatives with different length of alkyl groups. The photorefractive performance was improved for the photorefractive PDLCC doped with fullerene derivatives with long length of alkyl groups. The photorefractive grating formation originates in the cooperative reorientation of the liquid crystalline director and the space charge field was estimated using the elastic continuum theory and the field for the PDLCC doped with the functionalized fullerene with longer alkyl side groups was larger than that for the PDLCC doped with conventional fullerene C60.

  4. Light amplification by photorefractive ferroelectric liquid crystal blends containing quarter-thiophene photoconductive chiral dopant

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    Sasaki, T.; Hara, T.; Yamamoto, Y.; Naka, Y.; Le, K. V.

    2017-05-01

    The photorefractive effect is a phenomenon that forms a rewritable hologram in a material. This phenomenon can be utilized in devices including 3D displays, optical tomography, novelty filters, phase conjugate wave generators, and optical amplification. Ferroelectric liquid crystal blends composed of a smectic liquid crystalline mixture, a photoconductive chiral dopant, and an electron trap reagent exhibit significant photorefractivity together with rapid responses. As such, they allow the dynamic amplification of moving optical signals. The photoconductive chiral dopants used in the previous study are ter-thiphene derivatives so that the photorefractive effect was examined at 488 nm. In the present work, chiral dopants possessing quarter-thiphene chromophore were synthesized and the photorefractive effect of the FLC blends at longer wavelength was demonstrated.

  5. Lasers.

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    Schewe, Phillip F.

    1981-01-01

    Examines the nature of laser light. Topics include: (1) production and characteristics of laser light; (2) nine types of lasers; (3) five laser techniques including holography; (4) laser spectroscopy; and (5) laser fusion and other applications. (SK)

  6. Lasers.

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    Schewe, Phillip F.

    1981-01-01

    Examines the nature of laser light. Topics include: (1) production and characteristics of laser light; (2) nine types of lasers; (3) five laser techniques including holography; (4) laser spectroscopy; and (5) laser fusion and other applications. (SK)

  7. Two Beam Energy Exchange in Hybrid Liquid Crystal Cells with Photorefractive Field Controlled Boundary Conditions (Postprint)

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    2016-09-12

    energy gain when two light beams intersect in a hybrid nematic liquid crystal (LC) cell with photorefractive crystalline substrates. A periodic space...charge field induced by interfering light beams in the photorefractive substrates penetrates into the LC layer and reorients the director. We account...grating and the boundary-driven grating. Each light beam diffracts from the induced gratings leading to an energy exchange between beams. We

  8. Photorefractive and photochromic effects in undoped GaP at high temperature

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    Horiuchi, Kenji; Kuroda, Kazuo

    1995-01-01

    Photorefractive and photochromic effects are investigated in undoped semi-insulating GaP at high temperature. The photochromic effect takes place at the temperature above 340 K and the depreciation of the photorefractive coupling coefficient is observed above 385 K. These results suggest the existence of additional donor and acceptor levels. The binding energy of the donor level is estimated to be 420 meV.

  9. Non-contact measurements of ultrasonic waves on paper webs using a photorefractive interferometer

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    Brodeur, Pierre H.; Lafond, Emmanuel F.

    2000-01-01

    An apparatus and method for non-contact measurement of ultrasonic waves on moving paper webs employs a photorefractive interferometer. The photorefractive interferometer employs an optical head in which the incident beam and reflected beam are coaxial, thus enabling detection of both in-plane and out-of-plane waves with a single apparatus. The incident beam and reference beams are focused into a line enabling greater power to be used without damaging the paper.

  10. Change in the refractive index of a photorefractive crystal during formation of a spatially screened soliton

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    Assel'born, Sergei A; Kundikova, Nataliya D; Novikov, Igor' V

    2010-02-28

    A change in the refractive index of a photorefractive barium-sodium niobate crystal in an alternating electric field during the propagation of intensity-modulated coherent radiation in it is studied. It is shown experimentally that a change in the refractive index in the soliton regime in a photorefractive crystal with a small nonlocal response is independent of the external-field amplitude and intensity-modulation depth. (nonlinear-optics phenomena)

  11. High-speed depth-sectioned wide-field imaging using low-coherence photorefractive holographic microscopy

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    Dunsby, C.; Gu, Y.; Ansari, Z.; French, P. M. W.; Peng, L.; Yu, P.; Melloch, M. R.; Nolte, D. D.

    2003-04-01

    Low-coherence photorefractive holography has the potential to acquire wide-field coherence-gated images at frame rates approaching 1000 frames/s, including through scattering media. We present a quantitative analysis of the system optimization and limits of performance for coherence-gated imaging through scattering media using photorefractive holography and compare this performance to direct CCD detection. We show that, for high optical quality recording photorefractive multiple quantum well devices, photorefractive holography has the potential to provide a higher dynamic range than is possible with direct CCD-based detection.

  12. The Application of Photorefraction to Nonlinear Information Processing Techniques.

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    Khoury, Jehad A.

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Requires signed TDF. This thesis is concerned with the application of photorefraction to non-linear information processing techniques. In chapter two we begin by characterizing the photorefractive material Cr doped GaAs. Several properties of two beam coupling in reflection and transmission geometries have been investigated as well as the measurement of the efficiency for reflection and transmission holograms. In chapter three a photorefractive deconvolution process for optical differentiation of images is proposed and demonstrated. In chapter four, contrast enhancement and contrast inversion of periodic objects has been achieved using a BSO crystal in a passive (four wave mixing) and active (five wave mixing) configuration. Chapter five presents a scheme that achieves passive controllable spatial filtering via two beam coupling in BaTiO_3, between a reference beam and the optical Fourier transform of an input image. In chapter six a new scheme for a variable band pass filter is proposed. In addition, we have proposed as an alternative, similar techniques which depend on time -averaging holograms. In chapter seven the operation of a double phase conjugate mirror has been achieved with both theoretical and experimental investigations. The capability of this device was verified by double imaging and simultaneous correlation by the use of the opposite sides of the crystal. Chapter eight demonstrates a new arrangement for a Michelson interferometer with BSO. The relative phase shift between the two phase conjugates is studied experimentally and supported with a theoretical model. Image subtraction, coherent weighted addition, exclusive OR/NOT, and OR optical gates are achieved in addition to a new architecture for general cascading and applications for integrated optics. The same interferometric arrangement with a slight modification is used in chapter 9 to demonstrate novelty filtering and optical

  13. Airy beam self-focusing in a photorefractive medium

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    Wiersma, Noémi; Marsal, Nicolas; Sciamanna, Marc; Wolfersberger, Delphine

    2016-01-01

    The unique bending and shape-preserving properties of optical Airy beams offer a large range of applications in for example beam routing, optical waveguiding, particle manipulation and plasmonics. In these applications and others, the Airy beam may experience nonlinear light-matter interactions which in turn modify the Airy beam properties and propagation. A well-known example is light self-focusing that leads to the formation of spatial soliton. Here, we unveil experimentally the self-focusing properties of a 1D-Airy beam in a photorefractive crystal under focusing conditions. The transient evolution involves both self-bending and acceleration of the initially launched Airy beam due to the onset of an off-shooting soliton and the resulting nonlocal refractive index perturbation. Both the transient and stationary self-focusing properties can be tuned by varying the bias electric field, the injected Airy beam power and the background illumination. PMID:27731356

  14. Study of Lau fringes generated by a photorefractive volume grating

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    Forte, Gustavo; Tebaldi, Myrian; Bolognini, Nestor

    2017-08-01

    In this work the Lau fringes generated by using a combination of an amplitude grating and a photorefractive volume phase grating is theoretically and experimentally analyzed. A model based on the path integral formalism to calculate the patterns intensity is employed. We show that the Lau pattern behavior is governed by the output pupil diameter of the imaging recording system, the DC external electric field and the crystal thickness. The introduction of a phase modulation that gathers the previously mentioned parameters allows determining the condition to optimize the fringe visibility. In this case, the visibility maintains a sinusoidal dependence as it happened with planar grating experiments. The experimental results confirm the theoretical model proposed.

  15. Airy beam self-focusing in a photorefractive medium

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    Wiersma, Noémi; Marsal, Nicolas; Sciamanna, Marc; Wolfersberger, Delphine

    2016-10-01

    The unique bending and shape-preserving properties of optical Airy beams offer a large range of applications in for example beam routing, optical waveguiding, particle manipulation and plasmonics. In these applications and others, the Airy beam may experience nonlinear light-matter interactions which in turn modify the Airy beam properties and propagation. A well-known example is light self-focusing that leads to the formation of spatial soliton. Here, we unveil experimentally the self-focusing properties of a 1D-Airy beam in a photorefractive crystal under focusing conditions. The transient evolution involves both self-bending and acceleration of the initially launched Airy beam due to the onset of an off-shooting soliton and the resulting nonlocal refractive index perturbation. Both the transient and stationary self-focusing properties can be tuned by varying the bias electric field, the injected Airy beam power and the background illumination.

  16. Photoacoustic imaging using an adaptive interferometer with a photorefractive crystal.

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    Hochreiner, Armin; Berer, Thomas; Grün, Hubert; Leitner, Michael; Burgholzer, Peter

    2012-07-01

    In this paper we report on remote three-dimensional photoacoustic imaging without the need for a coupling agent or other aids (e.g. detector foils) by utilizing a two-wave mixing interferometer (TWMI). In this technique the beams coming from sample and reference are brought to interfere in a Bi₁₂SiO₂₀ photorefractive crystal (PRC). Such a setup allows the measurement of ultrasonic displacements on rough sample surfaces. After data acquisition the initial pressure distribution is reconstructed by a Fourier domain synthetic aperture focusing technique (FSAFT). We present three-dimensional imaging of a hair ribbon phantom, on biological samples with embedded artificial blood vessels or pig bristles, and measurements on a human forearm in-vivo. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Laser refractive correction of myopia in visually impaired patients improves visual acuity.

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    Vuori, Elisa; Tervo, Timo M T; Holopainen, Juha M

    2011-09-01

    To retrospectively evaluate the visual and refractive outcome of visually impaired adults treated with refractive surgery (photorefractive keratectomy or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis). We searched a refractive surgery database comprising 1716 mildly visually impaired patients [best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) on a logMAR scale ≤ -0.1 (Snellen ≤ 0.8)] who had undergone either PRK or LASIK (n = 96). PRK patients who had visits at 5-7, 8-13 and 14-24 months postoperatively were selected. Eleven patients and nine PRK control myopic patients were found (cohort 1). From the same database, 41 visually impaired patients and 54 controls who had a postoperative control at 14-24 months postoperatively were chosen. These patients formed cohort 2. Preoperatively, in cohort 1, the mean BSCVA on a logMAR scale was -0.15 ± 0.13 (Snellen 0.73 ± 0.16) in visually impaired patients and 0.04 ± 0.02 (Snellen 1.11 ± 0.17) in myopic controls. At 14-24 months postoperatively, the mean BSCVA improved to 0.05 ± 0.04 (Snellen 1.13 ± 0.10) in visually impaired patients and 0.05 ± 0.08 (Snellen 1.13 ± 0.21) in control patients. In cohort 2, preoperatively the mean BSCVA on a logMAR scale was -0.15 ± 0.12 (Snellen 0.74 ± 0.14) in visually impaired patients and 0.01 ± 0.03 (Snellen 1.04 ± 0.10) in myopic controls. At 14-24 months postoperatively, the mean BSCVA improved to 0.02 ± 0.07 (Snellen 1.06 ± 0.16) in visually impaired patients and 0.06 ± 0.06 (Snellen 1.15 ± 0.16) in control patients. Refractive surgery improves BSCVA in visually impaired patients, possibly through plastic changes in the visual cortex. Consequently, refractive surgery may be used successfully for the treatment of visually impaired adults to enhance their visual acuity. © 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 Acta Ophthalmol.

  18. New Treatment for Band Keratopathy: Superficial Lamellar Keratectomy, EDTA Chelation and Amniotic Membrane Transplantation

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    Kwon, Young Sam; Song, Young Soo

    2004-01-01

    We report two cases of band keratopathy who were treated with thick amniotic membrane that contained a basement membrane structure as a graft, after ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid chelation with trephination and blunt superficial lamellar keratectomy in the anterior stroma. In each case, basement membrane was destroyed and calcium plaque invaded into anterior stroma beneath Bowman's membrane. The calcified lesions were removed surgically, resulting in a smooth ocular surface, and the fine structures of band keratopathy were confirmed by pathologic findings. After that, amniotic membrane transplantation was performed to replace the excised epithelium and stroma. Wound healing was completed within 10 days. Stable ocular surface was restored without pain or inflammation. During the mean follow-up period of 13.5 months, no recurrence of band keratopathy was observed. This combined treatment is a safe and effective method for the removal of deep-situated calcium plaque and allowing the recovery of a stable ocular surface. PMID:15308858

  19. Examination of the restoration of epithelial barrier function following superficial keratectomy.

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    Hutcheon, Audrey E K; Sippel, Kimberly C; Zieske, James D

    2007-01-01

    The goal of the present study was to determine the rate of restoration of the corneal epithelial barrier following a superficial keratectomy using a functional assay of tight junction integrity. Adult Sprague-Dawley rats were anesthetized and a 3-mm superficial keratectomy was performed. The eyes were allowed to heal from 4 h to 8 weeks and the rate of epithelial wound closure was determined. To examine the restoration of the barrier function, EZ-Link Sulfo-NHS-LC-Biotin (LC-Biotin) was applied to all eyes, experimental and control, for 15 min at the time of sacrifice. This compound does not penetrate through intact tight junctions. Indirect immunofluorescence was performed with anti-laminin, a marker of basement membrane; fluorescein-conjugated streptavidin to detect the biotinylated marker; and anti-occludin and anti-ZO-1, markers of tight junctions. Epithelial wound closure was observed at 36-42 h after wounding. LC-Biotin did not penetrate the intact epithelium. Upon wounding, LC-Biotin penetrated into the stroma subjacent and slightly peripheral to the wound area. This pattern was present from 4-48 h post-wounding. The area of LC-Biotin localization decreased with time and the functional barrier was restored by 72 h. Occludin and ZO-1 were present at all time points. The number of cell layers expressing these proteins appeared to increase at 48 and 72 h. Continuous laminin localization was not observed until at least 7 days after wounding. Barrier function is restored within 1-1.5 days after epithelial wound closure. The loss of barrier function does not extend beyond the edge of the original wound. The restoration of barrier function does not appear to correlate with reassembly of the basement membrane in this model.

  20. Topological dynamics of optical singularities in speckle-fields induced by photorefractive scattering in a LiNbO{sub 3} : Fe crystal

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    Vasil'ev, Vasilii I; Soskin, M S

    2013-02-28

    A natural singular dynamics of elliptically polarised speckle-fields induced by the 'optical damage' effect in a photorefractive crystal of lithium niobate by a passing beam of a helium - neon laser is studied by the developed methods of singular optics. For the polarisation singularities (C points), a new class of chain reactions, namely, singular chain reactions are discovered and studied. It is shown that they obey the topological charge and sum Poincare index conservation laws. In addition, they exist for all the time of crystal irradiation. They consist of a series of interlocking chains, where singularity pairs arising in a chain annihilate with singularities from neighbouring independently created chains. Less often singular 'loop' reactions are observed where arising pairs of singularities annihilate after reversible transformations in within the boundaries of a single speckle. The type of a singular reaction is determined by a topology and dynamics of the speckles, in which the reactions are developing. (laser optics 2012)

  1. Photorefractive polymer composite trapping properties and a link with chromophore structure

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    West, K. S.; West, D. P.; Rahn, M. D.; Shakos, J. D.; Wade, F. A.; Khand, K.; King, T. A.

    1998-12-01

    The photorefractive properties and the phase stability of polymer composites are dependent on the detail of the alkyl chain substituent attached to the electro-optic dye within the composite. Photorefractive composites based on poly (N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK), sensitized with trinitrofluorenone (TNF) and mixed with a concentration of 47.5 wt. % of electro-optic dye have been tested for photorefractive performance. Two alternative azo dyes of identical molecular weight have been used to produce alternative composites; both dyes were modified to suppress spatial isomerism and incorporated an eight carbon alkyl chain at the electropositive end of the chromophore: either a straight octyl chain or a branched ethylhexyl chain was substituted. The reorientational enhancement of photorefractive performance is similar in the composites resulting from these dyes. The dye with a straight octyl chain led to a composite with improved holographic performance. The dye with a branched ethylhexyl chain led to a composite exhibiting lower diffraction efficiency, but with superior phase stability. A tentative explanation is offered for these differences based on the shape of the alkyl substituent and its effect on a trapping mechanism involving the dye molecules and the sensitisor anions in PVK:TNF-based photorefractive composites.

  2. New Refractive Surgery Procedures and Their Implications for Aviation Safety

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    2006-04-01

    keratotomy . Ophthalmol. Sep 1996; 103(9):1348-56 . 24 22 . Tinning S . Contrast sensitivity and glare following keratotomy . AGARD Conference...61 . Balakrishnan V, Lim AS, Low CH, Lee CP , et al . Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy in Sin- gapore—a new treatment modality for myopia...keratomileusis . J Refract Surg. Nov-Dec 2000; 16(6):749-51 . 232 . Lemley HL, Chodosh J, Wolf TC, Bogie CP , et al . Partial dislocation of laser in situ

  3. A novel optic bistable device with very low threshold intensity using photorefractive films

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    Wang, Sean X.; Sun, Yuankun; Trivedi, Sudhir B.; Li, Guifang

    1994-08-01

    Brimrose Corporation of America reports the successful completion of the SBIR Phase I research in low-threshold intensity optical bistable devices using photorefractive nonlinearity. A thin photorefractive film optical bistable device was proposed in the Phase I proposal. The feasibility of this device was theoretically investigated. The theoretical feasibility study formulates the materials requirements in such a kind of configuration for Phase II research. In addition, we have proposed and investigated another configuration of optical bistable devices that do not require advanced photorefractive materials, namely, the self-pumped phase conjugator. We have successfully demonstrated a low-threshold optical bistable operation in a KNSBN:CU crystal. To the best of our knowledge, the threshold of 650 mW/sq. cm is the lowest of its kind to be achieved so far.

  4. Two beam energy exchange in hybrid liquid crystal cells with photorefractive field controlled boundary conditions

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    Reshetnyak, V. Yu.; Pinkevych, I. P.; Subota, S. I.; Evans, D. R.

    2016-09-01

    We develop a theory describing energy gain when two light beams intersect in a hybrid nematic liquid crystal (LC) cell with photorefractive crystalline substrates. A periodic space-charge field induced by interfering light beams in the photorefractive substrates penetrates into the LC layer and reorients the director. We account for two main mechanisms of the LC director reorientation: the interaction of the photorefractive field with the LC flexopolarization and the director easy axis at the cell boundaries. It is shown that the resulting director grating is a sum of two in-phase gratings: the flexoelectric effect driven grating and the boundary-driven grating. Each light beam diffracts from the induced gratings leading to an energy exchange between beams. We evaluate the signal beam gain coefficient and analyze its dependence on the director anchoring energy and the magnitude of the director easy axis modulation.

  5. Photorefractive effect of a novel conjugate polymer containing transition metal complex

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    Liu, Chengyou

    2002-04-01

    The photorefractive effect (PR) of a novels σ- π alternating polymer having 2,2'-bipyridyl in the polymer backbone and their ruthenium complexes has been investigated. The ruthenium complex was used as the charge generator, the σ- π alternating polymer backbone as the charge transporting channel and second-order nonlinear (NLO) optical chromophore. The photorefractive properties were demonstrated by two-beam coupling (2BC), degenerated four-wave mixing (DFWM) and field-induced orientation birefringence at wavelength of 532 nm. This polymer shows a enhanced photorefractive effect due to the efficient photoinduced metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) inside the ruthenium complex. A net optical gain of about 22 cm-1 and the diffraction efficiency about 10% were obtained at the external electric field of 30 V/µm.

  6. Quickly updatable hologram images with high performance photorefractive polymer composites

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    Tsutsumi, Naoto; Kinashi, Kenji; Nonomura, Asato; Sakai, Wataru

    2012-02-01

    We present here quickly updatable hologram images using high performance photorefractive (PR) polymer composite based on poly(N-vinyl carbazole) (PVCz). PVCz is one of the pioneer materials for photoconductive polymer. PVCz/7- DCST/CzEPA/TNF (44/35/20/1 by wt) gives high diffraction efficiency of 68 % at E = 45 V/μm with fast response speed. Response speed of optical diffraction is the key parameter for real-time 3D holographic display. Key parameter for obtaining quickly updatable hologram images is to control the glass transition temperature lower enough to enhance chromophore orientation. Object image of the reflected coin surface recorded with reference beam at 532 nm (green beam) in the PR polymer composite is simultaneously reconstructed using a red probe beam at 642 nm. Instead of using coin object, object image produced by a computer was displayed on a spatial light modulator (SLM) is used as an object for hologram. Reflected object beam from a SLM interfered with reference beam on PR polymer composite to record a hologram and simultaneously reconstructed by a red probe beam. Movie produced in a computer was recorded as a realtime hologram in the PR polymer composite and simultaneously clearly reconstructed with a video rate.

  7. Nonuniform dynamic gratings in photorefractive media with nonlocal response.

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    Bugaychuk, S; Kovács, L; Mandula, G; Polgár, K; Rupp, R A

    2003-04-01

    The amplitude of the phase dynamic grating is a nonuniform space distributed in photorefractive crystals with nonlocal response as a result of energy transfer between the interacted waves. The dynamical process of grating formation in the case of transmission two- and four-wave mixing is described by the damped sine-Gordon equation that governs the soliton propagation. A stationary soliton solution for the grating amplitude profile was obtained. Experiments on observation of a nonuniform distribution of the grating amplitude through the crystal volume are presented. It is experimentally shown that the changes of the grating amplitude profile in dependence of input intensity ratio match the solutions of the damped sine-Gordon equation in steady state. The diffraction efficiency of energy transfer is determined by the value of the integral under the grating amplitude profile. The soliton profile is altered with changing input intensity ratio of recorded beams. It provides the effect of diffraction efficiency management by changing the half-width and the position of the soliton. The theory predicts a multisoliton behavior in reversible media with strong amplification gain that leads to auto-oscillations of output wave intensities.

  8. Optical distributed sensors for feedback control: Characterization of photorefractive resonator

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    Indebetouw, Guy; Lindner, D. K.

    1992-01-01

    The aim of the project was to explore, define, and assess the possibilities of optical distributed sensing for feedback control. This type of sensor, which may have some impacts in the dynamic control of deformable structures and the monitoring of small displacements, can be divided into data acquisition, data processing, and control design. Analogue optical techniques, because they are noninvasive and afford massive parallelism may play a significant role in the acquisition and the preprocessing of the data for such a sensor. Assessing these possibilities was the aim of the first stage of this project. The scope of the proposed research was limited to: (1) the characterization of photorefractive resonators and the assessment of their possible use as a distributed optical processing element; and (2) the design of a control system utilizing signals from distributed sensors. The results include a numerical and experimental study of the resonator below threshold, an experimental study of the effect of the resonator's transverse confinement on its dynamics above threshold, a numerical study of the resonator above threshold using a modal expansion approach, and the experimental test of this model. A detailed account of each investigation, including methodology and analysis of the results are also included along with reprints of published and submitted papers.

  9. Highly transparent and birefringent chromophores for organic photorefractive materials

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    Wortmann, R.; Glania, C.; Krämer, P.; Lukaszuk, K.; Matschiner, R.; Twieg, R. J.; You, F.

    1999-07-01

    A series of chromophores for application in organic photorefractive (PR) materials is investigated by electro-optical absorption measurements (EOAM). This experimental technique yields information on the transition dipole moment μag, the ground-state dipole moment μg, and the change of the dipole moment upon optical excitation Δ μ within the intense charge transfer (CT) band of the dyes. It is shown that the results of the EOAM experiment allow us to estimate the PR figures-of-merits (FOMs) of the chromophores by either perturbational two-level equations or Kramers-Kronig transformation. In particular, chromophores based on the heterocyclic dihydropyran and dihydropyridine groups in combination with dicyano and cyanocarboxy acceptor units were investigated. These donor-acceptor pairs yield chromophores close to the `cyanine limit' that is characterized by a small dipole difference, but a large ground-state dipole moment and a large polarizability anisotropy. This leads to very high PR FOMs of the new PR chromophores that are demonstrated to be superior to conventional second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) chromophores in situations where the medium has a low glass transition.

  10. Microraman and Photorefractivity Study of Hafnium-Doped Lithium Niobate Crystals

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    Galinetto, Pietro; Rossella, Francesco; Minzioni, Paolo; Razzari, Luca; Cristiani, Ilaria; Degiorgio, Vittorio; Kokanyan, Edvard P.

    We present an investigation of the properties of HfO2-doped lithium niobate crystals, in view of their possible utilization as low-photorefractivity crystals for wavelength converters operating at room temperature. MicroRaman measurements indicate that the linewidth of a specific mode can be used as a local indicator of crystal composition, and show that the grown crystals present very good uniformity. The mechanism by which the photorefractivity is strongly reduced when the HfO2 concentration is above 4 mol% is studied by combining measurements of birefringence variation, under green-light illumination, with electrical phototransport data.

  11. Optical trapping and manipulation of metallic micro/nanoparticles via photorefractive crystals.

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    Zhang, Xinzheng; Wang, Junqiao; Tang, Baiquan; Tan, Xinhui; Rupp, Romano A; Pan, Leiting; Kong, Yongfa; Sun, Qian; Xu, Jingjun

    2009-06-08

    A simple method to trap and manipulate metallic micro/nano-particles on the surface of photorefractive crystals is proposed. After inducing inhomogeneous charge density and space-charge fields in photorefractive crystals by non-uniform illumination, both uncharged and charged metallic particles can be trapped on the illuminated surface due to dielectrophoretic force and electrophoretic force, respectively. A transition from dielectrophoresis to electrophoresis is observed when manipulating nano-silver particles with high surface space-charge field. Our results show that this method is simple and effective to form surface microstructures of metallic particles.

  12. IR sensitive photorefractive polymers, the first updateable holographic three-dimensional display

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    Tay, Savas

    This work presents recent advances in the development of infra-red sensitive photorefractive polymers, and updateable near real-time holographic 3D displays based on photorefractive polymers. Theoretical and experimental techniques used for design, fabrication and characterization of photorefractive polymers are outlined. Materials development and technical advances that made possible the use of photorefractive polymers for infra-red free-space optical communications, and 3D holographic displays are presented. Photorefractive polymers are dynamic holographic materials that allow recording of highly efficient reversible holograms. The longest operation wavelength for a photorefractive polymer before this study has been 950nm, far shorter than 1550nm, the wavelength of choice for optical communications and medical imaging. The polymers shown here were sensitized using two-photon absorption, a third order nonlinear effect, beyond the linear absorption spectrum of organic dyes, and reach 40% diffraction efficiency with a 35ms response time at this wavelength. As a consequence of two-photon absorption sensitization they exhibit non-destructive readout, which is an important advantage for applications that require high signal-to-noise ratios. Holographic 3D displays provide highly realistic images without the need for special eyewear, making them valuable tools for applications that require "situational awareness" such as medical, industrial and military imaging. Current commercially available holographic 3D displays employ photopolymers that lack image updating capability, resulting in their restricted use and high cost per 3D image. The holographic 3D display shown here employs photorefractive polymers with nearly 100% diffraction efficiency and fast writing time, hours of image persistence, rapid erasure and large area, a combination of properties that has not been shown before. The 3D display is based on stereography and utilizes world's largest photorefractive

  13. Image feature extraction with various wavelet functions in a photorefractive joint transform correlator

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    Zhang, H.; Cartwright, C. M.; Ding, M. S.; Gillespie, W. A.

    2000-11-01

    The wavelet transform has found a lot of uses in the field of optics. We present an experimental realization of employing variant wavelet filters into the object space of a photorefractive joint transform correlator to realize image feature extraction. The Haar's wavelet, Roberts gradient and Mexican-hat wavelet are employed in the experiment. Because of its good optical properties, the photorefractive crystal Bi 12SiO 20 is used as the dynamic holographic medium in the Fourier plane. Both scene and reference have been detour-phase encoded in a liquid crystal television in the input plane. Computer simulations, experimental results and analysis are presented.

  14. Kinetics of nonselective photorefraction light scattering in LiNbO3:Rh crystal

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    Maksimenko, V. A.; Karpets, Yu. M.; Danilova, E. V.

    2004-12-01

    Lithium niobate crystals are a perspective material for the optical information storage and processing. The photorefractive properties of the lithium niobate crystal depend strongly on the kind of the dopants. The study of the photorefractive light scattering (PRLS) in the LiNbO3 crystals with various additives allows to gain information of the processes taking place in the crystals. This problem is solved using models describing the experimental results. This paper presents new experimental results of PRLS intensity kinetics in the LiNbO3:Rh crystal and proposes also a model within the framework of which the experiment data are explained.

  15. Interaction of indomethacin and ciprofloxacin in the cornea following phototherapeutic keratectomy.

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    Szentmáry, Nóra; Kraszni, Márta; Nagy, Zoltán Zsolt

    2004-07-01

    We report a case in which stromal deposits were produced due to drug interaction in a 61-year-old patient following phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK). In our case, the patient herself added the use of indomethacin eye drops to the prescribed topical antibiotic treatment and eye gel (5x ciprofloxacin plus 3x indomethacin, eye gel overnight) following PTK. At 5 days the central stroma was not reepithelialised; instead, whitish, round deposits were found in the stroma. Mixing indomethacin and ciprofloxacin eye drops 1:1, the pH of the mixture changed to 5.6, and a yellow precipitate was formed; this was analysed by (1)H-NMR spectroscopy. To investigate the solubility of the two drugs at the pH of the mixture, the pH of each solution was independently set to 5.6 by addition of hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide. In the precipitate both indomethacin and ciprofloxacin were detected. After setting the pH to 5.6, a yellow precipitate was observed in the indomethacin solution; however, the ciprofloxacin solution remained clear. Interaction may occur if ciprofloxacin and indomethacin are used together. It is better to avoid the use of the two drugs at the same time, particularly in the case of a large epithelial defect when stromal deposition of the drugs may be produced.

  16. Induced astigmatism after diamond burr superficial keratectomy for recurrent corneal erosion.

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    Yoo, Janie H; Choi, David M

    2009-11-01

    To report a case of induced astigmatism after diamond burr superficial keratectomy (DBSK) for recurrent corneal erosion (RCE). Case report. Review of clinical findings in a 54-year-old women with ocular history of a scleral buckling procedure for a retinal detachment from blunt trauma and phacoemulsification with intraocular lens placement. The patient presented with RCE after trauma with a mascara brush to the OD and was treated with DBSK. Postoperatively, she developed significant astigmatism. In the third postoperative week after the DBSK procedure, the patient reported of worsening vision. On corneal topography, the patient was found to have 4 diopters of induced astigmatism. The astigmatic error was followed closely by serial corneal topography; a gradual decrease in the amount of astigmatism occurred over the course of 30 weeks. Forme fruste keratoconus was suspected in the patient's contralateral eye, based on corneal topographic analysis. Induced corneal astigmatism is a previously undescribed complication that can occur after DBSK. It is unclear whether the induced astigmatism in our patient was caused by the DBSK procedure alone or whether the patient had decompensated structural integrity from forme fruste keratoconus or blunt corneal trauma or both. The authors recommend that corneal topographic analysis be appropriately considered before DBSK for RCE and that corneal astigmatism be seen as a potential complication of the procedure.

  17. Levels of interleukin-6 in tears before and after excimer laser treatment.

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    Resan, Mirko; Stanojević, Ivan; Petković, Aleksandra; Pajić, Bojan; Vojvodić, Danilo

    2015-04-01

    Immune response and consequent inflammatory process which originate on ocular surface after a trauma are mediated by cytokines. Photoablation of corneal stroma performed by excimer laser causes surgically induced trauma. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is mostly known as a proinflammatory cytokine. However, it also has regenerative and anti-inflammatory effects. It is supposed that this cytokine is likely to play a significant role in the process of corneal wound healing response after photoablation of stroma carried out by laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) methods. The aim of this study was to determine and compare the levels of IL-6 in tears before and after treatment with LASIK and PRK methods. The study included 68 shortsighted eyes up to -3.0 diopter sphere, i.e. 198 samples of tears (per three samples taken from each of the eyes), divided into two groups according to the kind of excimer laser intervention performed: the group 1--eyes treated by LASIK method (n=31), and the group 2--eyes treated by the PRK method (n=37). The samples of tears were taken from each eye at the following time points: before excimer laser treatment (0 h, the control group), 1 h after the treatment (1 h) and 24 h after the treatment (24 h). The patients did not use anti-inflammatory therapy 24 h after the intervention. Tear samples were collected using microsurgical sponge. Level of IL-6 in tear fluid was determined by the flow cytometry method, applying a commercial test kit which allowed cytokine detection from a small sample volume. Results. The values of IL-6 were detectable in 16% of samples before LASIK treatment and in 30% of samples before PRK treatment. One h after the treatment IL-6 was detectable in 29% of samples for the LASIK group and 43% of samples for the PRK group, and 24 h after the treatment it was detectable in 19% of samples for the LASIK group and in 57% of samples for the PRK group. When we analyzed the dynamics of IL76 production

  18. Influence of chromophore solubility on optical absorption and two-beam coupling gain in guest-host photorefractive polymer composites

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    Carlen, C. R.; McGee, D. J.

    1998-07-01

    Recently developed photorefractive materials such as PVK:TNF:ECZ:DMNPAA are based on polymers doped with nonlinear optical chromophores. The high chromophore concentration necessary for macroscopic nonlinear optical effects necessitates investigation of methods to enhance chromophore solubility in the host polymer. We have modified the chromophore DMNPAA producing two new chromophores DMNPAPOE and DMNPAPBE with different solubilities in the polymer. Two-wave mixing experiments indicate that composites containing these two chromophores are photorefractive. Absorption measurements indicate that polymer composites doped with DMNPAPBE exhibit a significantly different rate of opacity development than composites doped with DMNPAPOE, demonstrating the role of chromophore solubility in the development of enhanced lifetime photorefractive polymer composite materials.

  19. Design of optimized photorefractive polymers: A novel class of chromophores

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    Wortmann, Rüdiger; Poga, Constantina; Twieg, Robert J.; Geletneky, Christian; Moylan, Christopher R.; Lundquist, Paul M.; DeVoe, Ralph G.; Cotts, Patricia M.; Horn, Hans; Rice, Julia E.; Burland, Donald M.

    1996-12-01

    It is demonstrated that the microscopic mechanism of the photorefractive (PR) effect in organic composites with low glass transition temperatures involves the formation of refractive index gratings through a space-charge field-modulated Kerr effect. A tensorial formulation of the macroscopic aspects of the PR Kerr effect and its microscopic interpretation is presented. The second-order dipole orientation term containing the anisotropy of the first-order optical polarizability α(-ω;ω) is shown to yield the dominant contribution to the Kerr susceptibility χ(3)(-ω;ω,0,0). A class of special chromophores having negligible second-order polarizabilities β(-ω;ω,0) and large dipole moments μ has been identified in order to optimize this term. These chromophores are not subject to the efficiency-transparency tradeoff typically encountered with second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) chromophores, providing highly transparent materials with large PR Kerr response. Contrary to previous approaches in this field, the best-performing PR polymers are then expected to employ chromophores that would be useless for second- order applications (negligible β). We report PR of the material 30% 2,6-di-n-propyl-4H-pyran-4-ylidenemalononitrile (DPDCP): 15% N,N'-bis(3-methylphenyl)- N,N'-bis(phenyl)benzidine (TPD):55% poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA):0.3% C60 as an illustration of this principle. A 100 μm thick film of this material exhibits a steady-state diffraction efficiency of η=25% and net two-beam coupling of Γ=50 cm-1 at a bias field of 100 V/μm and a wavelength of 676 nm. The macroscopic Kerr susceptibility of the material is related to molecular electronic properties of the chromophore DPDCP which were independently determined by experiments in solution and by quantum chemical calculations.

  20. Pattern alternation and pattern erasure in a swept-cavity photorefractive oscillator

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    Matlin, M.; McGee, D.; Chen, Z.; Abraham, N. B.

    1998-12-01

    The peak power emitted from a 1355-5111/10/6/017/img8 photorefractive oscillator over one free spectral range of the cavity decreases monotonically with the rate of cavity detuning, offering a dynamical measure of the characteristic grating formation/dissipation rate.

  1. The Role of Adaptive Photorefractive Power Limiting on Acousto-Optic Radio Frequency (RF) Signal Excision

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    2001-12-01

    Adaptive RF interference reduction for broadband communication systems continues to be problematic. The acousto - optic RF signal excision system...novel photorefractive optical power limiting device to achieve adaptive notch filtering, and multi- channel acousto - optic deflection to achieve angle...of-arrival signal discrimination at the notch filter. This dissertation describes basic principles of acousto - optic RF signal excision, including

  2. Sub-Millisecond Response Time in a Photorefractive Composite Operating under CW Conditions

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    Moon, Jong-Sik; Stevens, Tyler E.; Monson, Todd C.; Huber, Dale L.; Jin, Sung-Ho; Oh, Jin-Woo; Winiarz, Jeffrey G.

    2016-01-01

    Extensive study of photorefractive polymeric composites photosensitized with semiconductor nanocrystals has yielded data indicating that the inclusion of such nanocrystals enhances the charge-carrier mobility, and subsequently leads to a reduction in the photorefractive response time. Unfortunately, the included nanocrystals may also act as a source of deep traps, resulting in diminished diffraction efficiencies as well as reduced two beam coupling gain coefficients. Nonetheless, previous studies indicate that this problem is mitigated through the inclusion of semiconductor nanocrystals possessing a relatively narrow band-gap. Here, we fully exploit this property by doping PbS nanocrystals into a newly formulated photorefractive composite based on molecular triphenyldiamine photosensitized with C60. Through this approach, response times of 399 μs are observed, opening the door for video and other high-speed applications. It is further demonstrated that this improvement in response time occurs with little sacrifice in photorefractive efficiency, with internal diffraction efficiencies of 72% and two-beam-coupling gain coefficients of 500 cm−1 being measured. A thorough analysis of the experimental data is presented, supporting the hypothesized mechanism of enhanced charge mobility without the accompaniment of superfluous traps. It is anticipated that this approach can play a significant role in the eventual commercialization of this class of materials. PMID:27478156

  3. High-Capacity Photorefractive Neural Network Implementing a Kohonen Topological Map

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    Frauel, Yann; Pauliat, Gilles; Villing, André; Roosen, Gérald

    2001-10-01

    We designed and built a high-capacity neural network based on volume holographic interconnections in a photorefractive crystal. We used this system to implement a Kohonen topological map. We describe and justify our optical setup and present some experimental results of self-organization in the learning database.

  4. Sub-millisecond response time in a photorefractive composite operating under CW conditions

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    Moon, Jong -Sik; Stevens, Tyler E.; Monson, Todd C.; Huber, Dale L.; Jin, Sung -Ho; Oh, Jin -Woo; Winiarz, Jeffrey G.

    2016-09-01

    Extensive study of photorefractive polymeric composites photosensitized with semiconductor nanocrystals has yielded data indicating that the inclusion of such nanocrystals enhances the charge-carrier mobility, and subsequently leads to a reduction in the photorefractive response time. Unfortunately, the included nanocrystals may also act as a source of deep traps, resulting in diminished diffraction efficiencies as well as reduced two beam coupling gain coefficients. Nonetheless, previous studies indicate that this problem is mitigated through the inclusion of semiconductor nanocrystals possessing a relatively narrow band-gap. Here, we fully exploit this property by doping PbS nanocrystals into a newly formulated photorefractive composite based on molecular triphenyldiamine photosensitized with C60. Through this approach, response times of 399 μs are observed, opening the door for video and other high-speed applications. It is further demonstrated that this improvement in response time occurs with little sacrifice in photorefractive efficiency, with internal diffraction efficiencies of 72% and two-beam-coupling gain coefficients of 500 cm–1 being measured. A thorough analysis of the experimental data is presented, supporting the hypothesized mechanism of enhanced charge mobility without the accompaniment of superfluous traps. As a result, it is anticipated that this approach can play a significant role in the eventual commercialization of this class of materials.

  5. Sub-millisecond response time in a photorefractive composite operating under CW conditions

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    Moon, Jong -Sik; Stevens, Tyler E.; Monson, Todd C.; ...

    2016-09-01

    Extensive study of photorefractive polymeric composites photosensitized with semiconductor nanocrystals has yielded data indicating that the inclusion of such nanocrystals enhances the charge-carrier mobility, and subsequently leads to a reduction in the photorefractive response time. Unfortunately, the included nanocrystals may also act as a source of deep traps, resulting in diminished diffraction efficiencies as well as reduced two beam coupling gain coefficients. Nonetheless, previous studies indicate that this problem is mitigated through the inclusion of semiconductor nanocrystals possessing a relatively narrow band-gap. Here, we fully exploit this property by doping PbS nanocrystals into a newly formulated photorefractive composite based onmore » molecular triphenyldiamine photosensitized with C60. Through this approach, response times of 399 μs are observed, opening the door for video and other high-speed applications. It is further demonstrated that this improvement in response time occurs with little sacrifice in photorefractive efficiency, with internal diffraction efficiencies of 72% and two-beam-coupling gain coefficients of 500 cm–1 being measured. A thorough analysis of the experimental data is presented, supporting the hypothesized mechanism of enhanced charge mobility without the accompaniment of superfluous traps. As a result, it is anticipated that this approach can play a significant role in the eventual commercialization of this class of materials.« less

  6. Sub-Millisecond Response Time in a Photorefractive Composite Operating under CW Conditions

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    Moon, Jong-Sik; Stevens, Tyler E.; Monson, Todd C.; Huber, Dale L.; Jin, Sung-Ho; Oh, Jin-Woo; Winiarz, Jeffrey G.

    2016-08-01

    Extensive study of photorefractive polymeric composites photosensitized with semiconductor nanocrystals has yielded data indicating that the inclusion of such nanocrystals enhances the charge-carrier mobility, and subsequently leads to a reduction in the photorefractive response time. Unfortunately, the included nanocrystals may also act as a source of deep traps, resulting in diminished diffraction efficiencies as well as reduced two beam coupling gain coefficients. Nonetheless, previous studies indicate that this problem is mitigated through the inclusion of semiconductor nanocrystals possessing a relatively narrow band-gap. Here, we fully exploit this property by doping PbS nanocrystals into a newly formulated photorefractive composite based on molecular triphenyldiamine photosensitized with C60. Through this approach, response times of 399 μs are observed, opening the door for video and other high-speed applications. It is further demonstrated that this improvement in response time occurs with little sacrifice in photorefractive efficiency, with internal diffraction efficiencies of 72% and two-beam-coupling gain coefficients of 500 cm-1 being measured. A thorough analysis of the experimental data is presented, supporting the hypothesized mechanism of enhanced charge mobility without the accompaniment of superfluous traps. It is anticipated that this approach can play a significant role in the eventual commercialization of this class of materials.

  7. Image processing by four-wave mixing in photorefractive GaAs

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    Gheen, Gregory; Cheng, Li-Jen

    1987-01-01

    Three image processing experiments were performed by degenerate four-wave mixing in photorefractive GaAs. The experiments were imaging by phase conjugation, edge enhancement, and autocorrelation. The results show that undoped, semiinsulating, liquid-encapsulated Czochralski-grown GaAs crystals can be used as effective optical processing media despite their small electrooptic coefficient.

  8. Matrix-vector multiplication in thin photorefractive GaAs crystals

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    Cheng, Li-Jen; Gheen, Gregory

    1988-01-01

    Optical matrix-vector multiplication using four-wave mixing in a thin photorefractive GaAs crystal is demonstrated. Using a thin wafer of GaAs offers the potential to integrate the encoding spatial light modulators directly on the wave-mixing medium.

  9. Smart Mirrors for Photorefractive Control of Light with Tim Bunning, RX - Agile Filters Application

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    2016-11-08

    photorefractive, switchable optical filters, liquide crystalline composite materials , Switchable reflective holographic gratings, polymer-dispersed liquid...applications, the recording material must be optimized for efficient diffraction with low scattering and maximum information storage. Photopolymer... materials are inexpensive, easily processed, can record low-loss, high-diffraction- efficiency optical elements, and have large data storage capability [5,6

  10. Optoelectronic tweezers based on photorefractive space charge fields: recent achievements and challenges

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    Muñoz-Martínez, J. F.; Alcazar, A.; Elvira, I.; Ramiro, J.; García-Cabañes, A.; Arizmendi, L.; Carrascosa, M.

    2017-06-01

    We present an overview of the operation of optoelectronic tweezers based on the photorefractive effect, paying special attention to the more recent results achieved by our group. The main challenges faced by the technique to enhance its technological potential are also discussed.

  11. Growth, Spectroscopy and Photorefractive Investigation of Vanadium Doped CdSSe

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    Davis, Michelle; Pan, Zhengda; Chen, Kuo-Tong; Chen, Henry; Davis, Swanson L.; Burger, Arnold; Morgan, Steven H.

    1997-01-01

    We present two-wave mixing results obtained with a CdS(0.8)Se(0.2):V crystal. The CdS(0.8)Se(0.2):V crystal was grown by physical vapor transport (PVT) along with a concentration of 150 ppm (nominal) vanadium for creating trap centers. The as-grown crystal has a large crystal size, good optical quality, and a medium resistivity of 10(exp 6) - 108 ohms-cm. A large photorefractive gain coefficient of ().24 cm-' was observed at 633 nm with an optical intensity of 60 mW/cm(exp 2) and a grating period of 1.6 microns. To our knowledge, this is the first observation of the photorefractive effect in a vanadium doped CdSSe crystal. Room temperature absorption and low temperature photoluminescence spectroscopy measurements are also discussed. With a significant photorefractive effect, the CdSSe:V crystals are promising for device applications based on photorefractive effect, in the wavelength range of 600-700 nm.

  12. Image processing by four-wave mixing in photorefractive GaAs

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    Gheen, Gregory; Cheng, Li-Jen

    1987-01-01

    Three image processing experiments were performed by degenerate four-wave mixing in photorefractive GaAs. The experiments were imaging by phase conjugation, edge enhancement, and autocorrelation. The results show that undoped, semiinsulating, liquid-encapsulated Czochralski-grown GaAs crystals can be used as effective optical processing media despite their small electrooptic coefficient.

  13. Matrix-vector multiplication in thin photorefractive GaAs crystals

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    Cheng, Li-Jen; Gheen, Gregory

    1988-01-01

    Optical matrix-vector multiplication using four-wave mixing in a thin photorefractive GaAs crystal is demonstrated. Using a thin wafer of GaAs offers the potential to integrate the encoding spatial light modulators directly on the wave-mixing medium.

  14. Dynamic Photorefractive Memory and its Application for Opto-Electronic Neural Networks.

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    Sasaki, Hironori

    This dissertation describes the analysis of the photorefractive crystal dynamics and its application for opto-electronic neural network systems. The realization of the dynamic photorefractive memory is investigated in terms of the following aspects: fast memory update, uniform grating multiplexing schedules and the prevention of the partial erasure of existing gratings. The fast memory update is realized by the selective erasure process that superimposes a new grating on the original one with an appropriate phase shift. The dynamics of the selective erasure process is analyzed using the first-order photorefractive material equations and experimentally confirmed. The effects of beam coupling and fringe bending on the selective erasure dynamics are also analyzed by numerically solving a combination of coupled wave equations and the photorefractive material equation. Incremental recording technique is proposed as a uniform grating multiplexing schedule and compared with the conventional scheduled recording technique in terms of phase distribution in the presence of an external dc electric field, as well as the image gray scale dependence. The theoretical analysis and experimental results proved the superiority of the incremental recording technique over the scheduled recording. Novel recirculating information memory architecture is proposed and experimentally demonstrated to prevent partial degradation of the existing gratings by accessing the memory. Gratings are circulated through a memory feed back loop based on the incremental recording dynamics and demonstrate robust read/write/erase capabilities. The dynamic photorefractive memory is applied to opto-electronic neural network systems. Module architecture based on the page-oriented dynamic photorefractive memory is proposed. This module architecture can implement two complementary interconnection organizations, fan-in and fan-out. The module system scalability and the learning capabilities are theoretically

  15. Generation of a Single-Lobe, Far-Field Intensity Pattern From a Laser Diode Array Using an Optical Delay Line.

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    1994-12-01

    a laser oscillating in its fundamental transverse - electromagnetic ( TEM00 ) mode is usually spatially coherent over the output beam size, while the...Robert L. " Diode Laser - pumped Solid-state Lasers ," Science, 239: 742- 747 (February 1988). 8. Williams, M. D. " Laser Power Beams Obtained by the Dynamic...Lobe Emission from a High-power Diode - laser Array Coupled to a Photorefractive Self- pumped Phase Conjugate Mirror," Optics Letters, 16: 705-707 (1991

  16. NONLINEAR-OPTICS PHENOMENA: Change in the refractive index of a photorefractive crystal during formation of a spatially screened soliton

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    Assel'born, Sergei A.; Kundikova, Nataliya D.; Novikov, Igor'V.

    2010-02-01

    A change in the refractive index of a photorefractive barium-sodium niobate crystal in an alternating electric field during the propagation of intensity-modulated coherent radiation in it is studied. It is shown experimentally that a change in the refractive index in the soliton regime in a photorefractive crystal with a small nonlocal response is independent of the external-field amplitude and intensity-modulation depth.

  17. Novel ultrafast tunable solid state lasers for real-world applications including medical imaging

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    Barry, Nicholas P.; Dainty, Christopher; Dowling, Keith; French, Paul M. W.; Hyde, Sam C. W.; Jones, Richard; Mellish, Richard; Sutherland, J. M.; Taylor, J. R.; Tong, Y. P.; Chai, Bruce H. T.; van den Poel, Carel J.; Valster, Adriaan

    1997-11-01

    This paper reviews ultrafast Kerr Lens Mode-locked solid- state lasers with particular emphasis on all-solid-state diode-pumped laser technology which has the potential to provide low-cost compact devices for ultrafast instrumentation, particularly for biomedical applications.We have demonstrated the use of ultrafast solid-state lasers for 3D imaging through turbid media using time-gated photorefractive holography, and for fluorescence lifetime imaging.

  18. The laser conoscopy of lithium niobate crystals of different composition

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    Pikoul, O. Y.; Sidorov, N. V.; Teplyakova, N. A.; Palatnikov, M. N.

    2016-11-01

    In this paper we study conoscopic patterns of single crystals of LiNbO3 congruent (Li/Nb = 0.946) and stoichiometric (Li/Nb = 1) compounds, as well as congruent crystals doped with cations: Mg2+ (0.86 wt.%), Zn2+ (0.03, 0.52, 0.62 wt.%), Cu2 + (0.015 wt.%), B3+ (0.12 wt.%), Gd3+ (0.51 wt.%), Y3+ (0.46 wt.%), Gd3+ (0.23 wt.%): Mg2+ (0.75 wt.%), Mg2+ (0.86 wt.%): Fe3+ (0.0036 wt.%), Ta5+ (1.13 wt.%): Mg2+ (0.011 wt.%), Y3+ (0.24 wt.%): Mg2+ (0.63 wt.%). Conoscopic patterns of lithium niobate crystals were recorded at excitation by He-Ne laser (λo = 632.8 nm) and the second harmonic of MLL-100 laser Y:Al garnet (λo = 532 nm, P = 1mW), which does not cause the effect of photorefractive and more powerful radiation of the second harmonic MLL-100 laser Y: Al garnet (λo = 532 nm, P = 90 mW). Irradiation of crystals radiation 632.8 nm and 532 nm (P = 1 mW) photorefractive effect is absent and there is no disclosure of the photoinduced light scattering indicatrix. In this case, conoscopic paintings reflect the state of structural defects in the crystal in the absence of photorefractive effect. When excited by MLL-100 laser radiation on Y:Al garnet (λo = 532 nm, P = 90 mW) in conoscopic patterns appear as its own crystal defects (defined composition and crystal growth conditions), and defects, induced by laser radiation. These crystals characterized by rather a low photorefractive effect. In crystals with a low effect of photorefractive optical distortions associated with the passage of laser light through the crystal is not "smeared" the strong destruction of the laser beam due to photorefractive effect, and confidently observable.

  19. Line sensing device for ultrafast laser acoustic inspection using adaptive optics

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    Hale, Thomas C.; Moore, David S.

    2003-11-04

    Apparatus and method for inspecting thin film specimens along a line. A laser emits pulses of light that are split into first, second, third and fourth portions. A delay is introduced into the first portion of pulses and the first portion of pulses is directed onto a thin film specimen along a line. The third portion of pulses is directed onto the thin film specimen along the line. A delay is introduced into the fourth portion of pulses and the delayed fourth portion of pulses are directed to a photorefractive crystal. Pulses of light reflected from the thin film specimen are directed to the photorefractive crystal. Light from the photorefractive crystal is collected and transmitted to a linear photodiode array allowing inspection of the thin film specimens along a line.

  20. Ultrasound-modulated optical imaging using a powerful long pulse laser.

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    Rousseau, Guy; Blouin, Alain; Monchalin, Jean-Pierre

    2008-08-18

    Ultrasound-modulated optical imaging (or tomography) is an emerging biodiagnostic technique which provides the optical spectroscopic signature and the localization of an absorbing object embedded in a strongly scattering medium. We propose to improve the sensitivity of the technique by using a pulsed single-frequency laser to raise the optical peak power applied to the scattering medium and thereby collect more ultrasonically tagged photons. Moreover, when the detection of tagged photons is done with a photorefractive interferometer, the high optical peak power reduces the response time of the photorefractive crystal below the speckle field decorrelation time. Results obtained with a GaAs photorefractive interferometer are presented for 30- and 60-mm thick scattering media.

  1. Efficient Nonlinear Conversion of Laser Diode Pumped Miniature Solid State Laser Sources

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    1989-06-01

    as barium sodium niobate . Smaller values are appropriate for weaker focussing, for materials with smaller nonlinear coefficients or for crystals with...lithium niobate , potassium niobate , barium sodium niobate , and KTP. The last three are known to not suffer from photorefractive damage. Diffused lithium...DIODE PUMPED Q-SWITCH D LASERS WERE STUDIED. NONLINEAR MATERIALS INCLUDING LITHIUM DIFFU MR LITHIUM NIOBATE , MAGNESIUM OXIDE DOPED LITHIUM NIOBATE AND

  2. Photorefractive holographic moiré-like patterns for secure numerical code generation.

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    de Oliveira, G N; Oliveira, M E; dos Santos, P A M

    2013-03-15

    In this Letter, low-frequency photorefractive holographic moiré fringe patterns are proposed as secure numerical code generators that could be useful for storage or data transmission. These dynamic moiré patterns are holographically obtained by the superposition of two or more sinusoidal gratings with slightly different pitches. The Bi(12)TiO(20) photorefractive crystal sample is used as holographic medium. An optical numerical base was defined with patterns representing the 0, 1 and -1 digits as bits. Then, the complete set of these optical bits is combined to form bytes, where a numerical sequence is represented. The results show that the proposed numerical code is simple, robust and extremely secure, then could be used efficiently as standard numerical identification in robotic vision or eventually in storage or transmission of secure numerical data.

  3. Investigation of optical photorefractive properties of Zr:Fe:LiNbO 3 crystals

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    Zhou, Zifan; Wang, Biao; Lin, Shaopeng; Li, Yilun; Wang, Kun

    2012-03-01

    A series of Zr:Fe:LiNbO 3 crystals with various levels of ZrO 2 doping were grown by Czochraski technique. The optical damage resistance and photorefractive properties were deeply explored. The results showed that the ability optical damage resistance increased remarkably when the concentration of ZrO 2 is over threshold concentration, but which is lower than that of traditional damage resistant additive MgO. While, the holographic storage properties can be greatly enhanced by proper level of ZrO 2 doping in Fe:LiNbO 3. In terms of ions' site occupation model, the photo-damage resistant ability enhancement and the change of the photorefractive properties were discussed.

  4. Numerical method for an analysis of nonlinear light propagation in photorefractive media--time nonlocal approach.

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    Ziółkowski, Andrzej

    2014-12-15

    Nonlinear light propagation in photorefractive media can be analyzed by numerical methods. The presented numerical approach has regard to the effects of time nonlocality. Two algorithms are presented, and compared in terms of physical results and computing times. The possibility to address the issue of time nonlocality in two ways is attributed to the fact that, it is possible to completely separate carrier dynamics evaluation and wave equation calculation. This in turn, allows to choose a short integration time for carrier dynamics and a longer one to solve the wave equation. The tests of the methods were carried out for a one-carrier model that describes most of photorefractive media, and for a model with bipolar transport and hot electron effect, used in descriptions of semiconductor materials.

  5. Unexpected irreversible damage of an asymmetric bismuth silicate photorefractive spatial light modulator

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    Li Xiujian; Yang Jiankun; Yang Juncai; Chang Shengli; Liu Ju; Hu Wenhua

    2007-06-20

    Unexpected irreversible damage occurred repeatedly in the asymmetric bismuth silicate (BSO)photorefractive spatial light modulator under some operation modes, even though thepower of the write-light beam does not exceed the optical damage threshold. Accordingto the microscopic surface images and the Raman spectra of the BSO film, suddenrising of temperature in local areas caused by the drift of the photon-induced electronsis responsible for the damage; the damage exists not only on the surface but also insidethe BSO crystal. The damage is relative to the structure of the spatial lightmodulator, the operation mode, and the growth of the BSO crystal. The informationprovided by the damage is useful for optimizing the structure, the operation modes, and the performance of the photorefractive spatial light modulators.

  6. Photorefractive Three-Dimensional Disks for Optical Data Storage and Artificial Neural Networks

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    Li, Hsin-Yu Sidney

    This thesis is on the application of 3-D photorefractive crystals disks for holographic optical data storage and optical neural networks. Chapter 1 gives some introductory background and motivation for the materials given in this thesis. In Chapter 2, the coupled-mode analysis and Born's approximation in anisotropic crystals is reviewed. The results are similar to that of isotropic materials. However, there are approximations that are often neglected in the literature. Chapter 3 starts with the description of the holographic 3-D disk for data storage, and analyzes the various alignment errors and tolerance problems for a 3-D disk system. Of particular interest is the effects in image reconstruction caused by rotational angle error. An optimum configuration is found that minimizes this error. Chapter 4 examines the data storage density of 3-D disks and volume holographic storage systems that utilize wavelength/angle and spatial multiplexing. The maximum storage density and the geometry that achieves this density is derived. Chapter 5 discusses the diffraction efficiency of 3-D disks fabricated with photorefractive crystals. Practical geometries and crystal orientations for achieving maximum uniform diffraction efficiency are given and compared to the maximum obtainable diffraction efficiencies using arbitrary cut crystals. Experimental results are shown. Also derived in this chapter are the double grating effect from crystal anisotropy, and the optimum configuration for getting maximum diffraction efficiency using the 90 degree recording geometry. The Khuktarev band-transport model of the photorefractive effect is examined briefly with emphasis on the anisotropy of the material. The proper expression for the permittivity term in the space-charge field formula is derived. Chapter 6 gives an example of an optical neural network that uses photorefractive crystals. It is the real time face-recognition system. The setup and experiments are described. Some properties of

  7. Full-Field Accommodation in Rhesus Monkeys Measured Using Infrared Photorefraction

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    He, Lin; Wendt, Mark

    2012-01-01

    Purpose. Full-field photorefraction was measured during accommodation in anesthetized monkeys to better understand the monkey as a model of human accommodation and how accommodation affects off-axis refraction. Methods. A photorefraction camera was rotated on a 30-cm-long rod in a horizontal arc, with the eye at the center of curvature of the arc so that the measurement distance remained constant. The resistance of a potentiometer attached to the rotation center of the rod changed proportionally with the rotation angle. Photorefraction and rotation angle were simultaneously measured at 30 Hz. Trial-lens calibrations were performed on-axis and across the full field in each eye. Full-field refraction measurements were compared using on-axis and full-field calibrations. In five iridectomized monkeys (mean age in years ± SD: 12.8 ± 0.9), full-field refraction was measured before and during carbachol iontophoresis stimulated accommodation, a total of seven times (with one repeat each in two monkeys). Results. Measurements over approximately 20 seconds had <0.1 D of variance and an angular resolution of 0.1°, from at least −30° to 30°. Photorefraction calibrations performed over the full field had a maximum variation in the calibration slopes within one eye of 90%. Applying full-field calibrations versus on-axis calibrations resulted in a decrease in the maximum SDs of the calculated refractions from 1.99 to 0.89 D for relative peripheral refractive error and from 4.68 to 1.99 D for relative accommodation. Conclusions. By applying full-field calibrations, relative accommodation in pharmacologically stimulated monkeys was found to be similar to that reported with voluntary accommodation in humans. PMID:22125278

  8. Phase conjugation, isotropic and anisotropic higher order diffraction generation, and image correlation using photorefractive barium titanate

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    Buranasiri, Prathan

    2005-04-01

    Using barium titanate as the photorefractive material, we demonstrate phase conjugation, beam coupling, higher diffraction order generation. At small incident angles less than 0.015 radian, both codirectional isotropic self-diffraction (CODIS) and contradirectional isotropic self-diffraction (CONDIS) are generated simultaneously. At bigger incident angles approximately more than 0.2094 radian, only codirectional anisotropic-self diffraction (CODAS) are generated. On going imaging correlation is also showing.

  9. Determination of the space-charge field amplitude in polymeric photorefractive polymers.

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    Hwang, Ui-Jung; Choi, Chil-Sung; Vuong, Nguyen Quoc; Kim, Nakjoong

    2005-12-22

    The space-charge field built in a polymeric photorefractive polymer was calculated by a simple method based on the oriented gas model. When anisotropic chromophores in a photorefractive polymer were exposed to an external field, they oriented preferentially to exhibit a birefringence. Then, under illumination of two coherent beams and an external field, they reoriented to form a photorefractive grating. During the formation of the grating, the chromophores were reoriented by the space-charge field as well as by the external applied field. The birefringence induced in the material by an external electric field was determined by measuring the transmittance of the sample which is placed between crossed polarizers, where birefringence depicts the orientation of the chromophores. By measuring the diffraction efficiency with a modified degenerate four-wave mixing setup, the index amplitude of the grating was determined. Finally, the space-charge field was determined by comparing the diffraction efficiency with the birefringence with respect to the applied electric field. In our study, the space-charge field was about 20% of the external applied field, which coincided with previous results obtained from our laboratory.

  10. Two-beam energy exchange in a hybrid photorefractive-flexoelectric liquid-crystal cell.

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    Reshetnyak, V Yu; Pinkevych, I P; Cook, G; Evans, D R; Sluckin, T J

    2010-03-01

    We develop a semiquantitative theory to describe the experimentally observed energy gain when two light beams intersect in hybrid organic-inorganic photorefractives. These systems consist of a nematic liquid-crystal (LC) layer placed between two photorefractive windows. A periodic space-charge field is induced by the interfering light beams in the photorefractive windows. The field penetrates into the LC, interacting with the nematic director and giving rise to a diffraction grating. LC flexoelectricity is the principal physical mechanism driving the grating structure. Each light beam diffracts from the induced grating, leading to an apparent energy gain and loss within each beam. The LC optics is described in the Bragg regime. In the theory the exponential gain coefficient is a product of a beam interference term, a flexoelectricity term and a space-charge term. The theory has been compared with results of an experimental study on hybrid cells filled with the LC mixture TL 205. Experimentally the energy gain is maximal at much lower grating wave numbers than is predicted by naïve theory. However, if the director reorientation is cubic rather than linear in the space-charge field term, then good agreement between theory and experiment can be achieved using only a single fitting parameter. We provide a semiquantitative argument to justify this nonlinearity in terms of electric-field-induced local phase separation between different components of the liquid crystal.

  11. Phase-shifting holography using Bragg and non-Bragg orders in photorefractive lithium niobate

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    Abeywickrema, Ujitha; Banerjee, Partha

    2014-09-01

    Holographic interferometry is an effective and rich method for measuring very small (order of a wavelength) deformations of an object and is widely used for non-destructive testing. In this work, the use of photorefractive materials for implementing real time phase shifting holographic interferometry is examined in detail. Bragg and non-Bragg orders generated during two- and multi-beam coupling in a photorefractive material can be used to retrieve the deformation of the object, or the phase information of the object. In previous work, it has been shown that object deformation can be determined from monitoring Bragg and non-Bragg orders. Preliminary experiments for determining the depth profile of an object have been reported, along with approximate analytic solutions for the Bragg and non-Bragg orders for the case of interacting plane waves. In this work, the exact solutions of Bragg and non-Bragg orders are found from numerically solving the interaction equations in a photorefractive material. It is shown that if the grating written in the material using two waves is read out by a reference and the object, the resulting Bragg and non-Bragg orders contain the information of the object phase, and is dependent on material parameters and the writing and reading beam intensities. Similarities and differences between this dynamic holographic technique and the traditional phase shifting digital holography are extensively discussed.

  12. Growth and characterization of high-performance photorefractive BaTiO3 crystals

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    Warde, C.; Garrett, M. H.; Chang, J. Y.; Jenssen, H. P.; Tuller, H. L.

    1991-01-01

    Barium titanate has been used for many nonlinear optical applications primarily because it has high grain and high self-pumped phase conjugate reflectivities. However, barium titanate has had a relatively slow response time, and thus low sensitivity. Therefore, it has not been suited to real-time operations. In this report we will describe the modifications in crystal growth, doping, reduction, and poling that have produced barium titanate crystals with the fastest photorefractive response time reported to date, approximately 21 microseconds with a beam-coupling gain coefficient of 38.7 cm(exp -1) and the highest sensitivity reported to date of 3.44 cm(exp 3)/kJ. The sensitivity of these barium titanate crystals is comparable to or greater than other photorefractive oxides. We will show, for the first time, beam-coupling in barium titanate at video frame rates. We infer from response time measurements that barium titanate has a phonon limited mobility. Also, photorefractive response time measurements as a function of the crystallographic orientation and grating wave vector for our cobalt-doped oxygen reduced crystals indicate that their faster response time arise because of an increase in the free carrier lifetime.

  13. Two-wave mixing and energy transfer in BaTiO3 application to laser beamsteering

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    Rak, D.; Ledoux, I.; Huignard, J. P.

    1984-03-01

    Energy transfer between the two recording beams in a BaTiO3 photorefractive crystal is analyzed as a function of the following parameters: incident beams ratio, spatial frequency, pump beam intensity. Exponential gain coefficients of approximately 20/cm are reached for optimized holographic recording conditions. Application of the energy transfer to a new method of laser beam deflection is proposed.

  14. Ultrasonic vibration modal analysis of ICF targets using a photorefractive optical lock-in

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    Hale, Thomas C.; Asaki, Thomas J.; Telschow, Kenneth L.; Hoffer, Jim

    1998-03-01

    A photorefractive optical lock-in is discussed in relation to ultrasonic vibration modal analysis of inertial confinement fusion (ICF) targets. In this preliminary report, the method is used to analyze specimens with similar response characteristics to ICF targets with emphasis on both the displacement and frequency resolution of the technique. The experimental method, based on photorefractive frequency domain processing, utilizes a synchronous detection approach to measure phase variations in light scattered from optically rough, continuously vibrating surfaces with very high, linear sensitivity. In this photorefractive four-wave mixing technique, a small, point image of the object surface is made to interfere with a uniform, frequency modulated reference beam inside a Bismith Silicon Oxide crystal. Optical interference and the photorefractive effect of electronic charge redistribution leads to the formation of a refractive index grating in the medium that responds to the modulated beams at a frequency equal to the difference between the signal and reference frequencies. By retro-reflecting the reference beam back into the crystal, a diffracted beam, counter-propagating with respect to the original transmitted beam, is generated. Using a beamsplitter, the counter-propagating beam can be picked-off and deflected toward a photodetector. The intensity of this diffracted beam is shown to be a function of the first-order ordinary Bissel function, and therefore linearly dependent on the vibration displacement induced phase modulation depth (delta) , for small (delta) ((delta) < 4 (pi) (xi) /(lambda) < < 1) where (xi) is the vibration displacement and (lambda) is the source wavelength; analytical description and experimental verification of this linear response are given. The technique is applied to determine the modal characteristics of a rigidly clamped disc from 10 kHz to 100 kHz, a frequency range similar to that used to characterize ICF targets. The results

  15. Comparison of photorefractive-index changes in annealed-proton-exchanged channel waveguides in MgO-doped and congruent LiNbO3

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    Steinberg, S.; Göring, R.; Hennig, T.; Rasch, A.

    1995-04-01

    A quantitative comparison of the photorefractive effect in annealed proton-exchanged channel waveguides in MgO-doped and congruent LiNbO3 at the wavelengths of 633 and 830 nm is presented. An accurate measurement technique is described to measure the refractive-index change as a function of time and the guided mode intensity for different wavelengths. The results show that doping with 7% MgO reduces the photorefractive effect at a wavelength of lambda =633 nm by 2 orders of magnitude. The photorefractive effect in the doped substrate shows only a weak dependence on the guided power. Doping with 4 mol.% MgO has only little effect on the photorefractive effect compared with that on the congruent material. A reduced photovoltaic current is responsible for the small photorefractive effect in the 7 mol.%-doped substrate.

  16. Sulfur vacancies in photorefractive Sn{sub 2}P{sub 2}S{sub 6} crystals

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    Golden, E. M.; Giles, N. C.; Basun, S. A.; Grabar, A. A.; Stoika, I. M.; Evans, D. R.; Halliburton, L. E.

    2014-12-28

    A photoinduced electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum in single crystals of Sn{sub 2}P{sub 2}S{sub 6} (SPS) is assigned to an electron trapped at a sulfur vacancy. These vacancies are unintentionally present in undoped SPS crystals and are expected to play an important role in the photorefractive behavior of the material. Nonparamagnetic sulfur vacancies are formed during the initial growth of the crystal. Subsequent illumination below 100 K with 442 nm laser light easily converts these vacancies to EPR-active defects. The resulting S = 1/2 spectrum shows well-resolved and nearly isotropic hyperfine interactions with two P ions and two Sn ions. Partially resolved interactions with four additional neighboring Sn ions are also observed. Principal values of the g matrix are 1.9700, 1.8946, and 1.9006, with the corresponding principal axes along the a, b, and c directions in the crystal. The isotropic parts of the two primary {sup 31}P hyperfine interactions are 19.5 and 32.6 MHz and the isotropic parts of the two primary Sn hyperfine interactions are 860 and 1320 MHz (the latter values are each an average for {sup 117}Sn and {sup 119}Sn). These hyperfine results suggest that singly ionized sulfur vacancies have a diffuse wave function in SPS crystals, and thus are shallow donors. Before illumination, sulfur vacancies are in the doubly ionized charge state because of compensation by unidentified acceptors. They then trap an electron during illumination. The EPR spectrum from the sulfur vacancy is destroyed when a crystal is heated above 120 K in the dark and reappears when the crystal is illuminated again at low temperature.

  17. NONLINEAR OPTICAL PHENOMENA: Manifestation of a photorefractive effect in Raman spectra of lithium niobate crystals of different compositions

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    Sidorov, N. V.; Chufyrev, P. G.; Palatnikov, M. N.; Mel'nik, N. N.; Zheleznov, Yu A.; Khomich, V. Yu

    2004-12-01

    The ordering of structural units in a cation sublattice and the photorefractive properties of lithium niobate single crystals of different compositions: nominally pure with different [Li]/[Nb] ratios and doped with non-photorefractive cations Mg2+, Gd3+, and Y3+, are studied by their Raman spectra. It is shown that at low concentrations of Mg2+, Gd3+, and Y3+, the magnitude of the photorefractive effect is determined by the ordering of the structural units of the cation sublattice. It is found for the first time that the intensity of a Raman line corresponding to the bridge valence vibrations of oxygen atoms in the NbO6 octahedra is sensitive to the dipole ordering of the cation sublattice.

  18. Human excimer laser corneal surgery: preliminary report.

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    L'Esperance, F A; Taylor, D M; Del Pero, R A; Roberts, A; Gigstad, J; Stokes, M T; Warner, J W; Telfair, W B; Martin, C A; Yoder, P R

    1988-01-01

    The first human trial utilizing the argon fluoride excimer laser at 193 nm to produce a superficial keratectomy in ten human eyes has been described with the histopathological evaluation of four eyes and the longer gross appearance of six eyes at intervals extending to 10 months post-excimer laser treatment. The process of laser superficial keratectomy has proved to be one of the promising areas of surgical intervention for reconstructive or refractive keratoplasty in the future. Intensive investigations need to be undertaken on the corneal wound healing process following laser ablation as well as the nature, and long-term stability of the corneal excisions or induced refractive corrections. It is essential that the optimal laser parameters be established for the various refractive corrections and other corneal surgical techniques, and that pathophysiologic and histopathologic changes that have been induced by the excimer laser-corneal tissue interaction in animals and humans be critically and extensively analyzed. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 19 A FIGURE 19 B FIGURE 20 A FIGURE 20 B FIGURE 21 A FIGURE 21 B FIGURE 22 A FIGURE 22 B FIGURE 23 FIGURE 24 FIGURE 25 FIGURE 26 FIGURE 27 FIGURE 28 FIGURE 29 A FIGURE 29 B FIGURE 29 C FIGURE 29 D FIGURE 30 A FIGURE 30 B FIGURE 31 A FIGURE 31 B FIGURE 32 FIGURE 33 FIGURE 34 FIGURE 35 FIGURE 36 FIGURE 37 A FIGURE 37 B FIGURE 37 C FIGURE 38 A FIGURE 38 B FIGURE 39 A FIGURE 39 B FIGURE 39 C FIGURE 40 A FIGURE 40 B PMID:2979049

  19. [Lasers].

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    Passeron, T

    2012-11-01

    Lasers are a very effective approach for treating many hyperpigmented lesions. They are the gold standard treatment for actinic lentigos and dermal hypermelanocytosis, such as Ota nevus. Becker nevus, hyperpigmented mosaicisms, and lentigines can also be successfully treated with lasers, but they could be less effective and relapses can be observed. However, lasers cannot be proposed for all types of hyperpigmentation. Thus, freckles and café-au-lait macules should not be treated as the relapses are nearly constant. Due to its complex pathophysiology, melasma has a special place in hyperpigmented dermatoses. Q-switched lasers (using standard parameters or low fluency) should not be used because of consistent relapses and the high risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Paradoxically, targeting the vascular component of the melasma lesion with lasers could have a beneficial effect. However, these results have yet to be confirmed. In all cases, a precise diagnosis of the type of hyperpigmentation is mandatory before any laser treatment, and the limits and the potential side effects of the treatment must be clearly explained to patients.

  20. Lasers.

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    Passeron, T

    2012-12-01

    Lasers are a very effective approach for treating many hyperpigmented lesions. They are the gold standard treatment for actinic lentigos and dermal hypermelanocytosis, such as Ota nevus. Becker nevus, hyperpigmented mosaicisms, and lentigines can also be successfully treated with lasers, but they could be less effective and relapses can be observed. However, lasers cannot be proposed for all types of hyperpigmentation. Thus, freckles and café-au-lait macules should not be treated as the relapses are nearly constant. Due to its complex pathophysiology, melasma has a special place in hyperpigmented dermatoses. Q-switched lasers (using standard parameters or low fluency) should not be used because of consistent relapses and the high risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Paradoxically, targeting the vascular component of the melasma lesion with lasers could have a beneficial effect. However, these results have yet to be confirmed. In all cases, a precise diagnosis of the type of hyperpigmentation is mandatory before any laser treatment, and the limits and the potential side effects of the treatment must be clearly explained to patients.

  1. Carrier Dynamics and Application of the Phase Coherent Photorefractive Effect in ZnSe Quantum Wells

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    Dongol, Amit

    The intensity dependent diffraction efficiency of a phase coherent photorefractive (PCP) ZnSe quantum well (QW) is investigated at 80 K in a two-beam four-wave mixing (FWM) configuration using 100 fs laser pulses with a repetition rate of 80 MHz. The observed diffraction efficiencies of the first and second-order diffracted beam are on the order of 10-3 and 10-5, respectively, revealing nearly no intensity dependence. The first-order diffraction is caused by the PCP effect where the probe-pulse is diffracted due to a long-living incoherent electron density grating in the QW. The second-order diffraction is created by a combination of diffraction processes. For negative probe-pulse delay, the exciton polarization is diffracted at the electron grating twice by a cascade effect. For positive delay, the diffracted signal is modified by the destructive interference with a chi(5) generated signal due to a dynamical screening effect. Model calculations of the signal traces based on the optical Bloch equations considering inhomogeneous broadening of exciton energies are in good agreement with the experimental data. To study the carrier dynamics responsible for the occurrence of the PCP effect, threebeam FWM experiments are carried out. The non-collinear wave-vectors k1 , k2 and k3 at central wavelength of 441 nm (~2.81 eV) were resonantly tuned to the heavy-hole exciton transition energy at 20 K. In the FWM experiment the time coincident strong pump pulses k1 and k2 create both an exciton density grating in the QW and an electron-hole pair grating in the GaAs while the delayed weak pulse k3 simultaneously probes the exciton lifetime as well as the electron grating capture time. The model calculations are in good agreement with the experimental results also providing information about the transfer delay of electrons arriving from the substrate to the QW. For negative probe-pulse delay we still observe a diffracted signal due to the long living electron density grating in

  2. Roles of resonance and dark irradiance for infrared photorefractive self-focusing and solitons in bipolar InP:Fe

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    Fressengeas, N.; Khelfaoui, N.; Dan, C.; Wolfersberger, D.; Montemezzani, G.; Leblond, H.; Chauvet, M.

    2007-06-15

    This paper shows experimental evidence of photorefractive steady state self-focusing in InP:Fe for a wide range of intensities, at both 1.06 and 1.55 {mu}m. To explain those results, it is shown that despite the bipolar nature of InP:Fe where one photocarrier and one thermal carrier are to be considered, the long standing one photocarrier model for photorefractive solitons can be usefully applied. The relationship between the dark irradiance stemming out of this model and the known resonance intensity is then discussed.

  3. Picosecond photorefractive response of GaAs:EL2, InP:Fe, and CdTe:V.

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    Valley, G C; Dubard, J; Smirl, A L; Glass, A M

    1989-09-01

    Measurements and theoretical calculations are presented for the photorefractive effect in three semi-insulating semiconductors (GaAs:EL2, InP:Fe, and CdTe:V) using 29-psec pulses at a wavelength of 1.06 microm. The photorefractive gain is largest in the CdTe crystal and smallest in our InP sample. The major differences between the materials responsible for this are the electro-optic coefficients, the mobilities, the absorption coefficients, and the amount of electron-hole competition.

  4. GaAs/AlGaAs multiquantum well resonant photorefractive devices fabricated using epitaxial lift-off

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    Kyono, C. S.; Ikossi-Anastasiou, K.; Rabinovich, W. S.; Bowman, S. R.; Katzer, D. S.; Tsao, A. J.

    1994-04-01

    The study presents the first implementation of epitaxial lift-off (ELO) in the fabrication of a GaAs/AlGaAs MQW resonant photorefractive device in a quantum-confined stark effect (QCSE) configuration ELO was used to transfer the MQW thin film from its substrate to an optically transparent support. Low temperature (LT) AlGaAs replaced the dielectric layers to simplify the fabrication. Ion implantation was performed to reduce lateral carrier diffusion and improve the fringe visibility of the grating. To minimize the influence of a nonplanar trap profile to the charge storage process during the photorefractive process, six implants were used.

  5. Dark current and light illumination effects on grating formation during periodic long-term operation in photorefractive polymers

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    Fujihara, T.; Mamiya, J.; Kawamoto, M.; Sassa, T.

    2014-01-14

    Photorefractive grating formation dynamics in long-timescale writing and the effects of periodic writing through the control of writing beam irradiation or electric field application were investigated using typical photorefractive polymers. Both dark current and writing beam irradiation affected grating formation dynamics. Dark current in polymers changed the effective trap density over time through deep trap filling and/or detrapping and thus affected grating formation considerably. The writing beam irradiation also affected grating development in the presence of an electric field owing to the accumulation of filled deep traps. However, grating development recovered after the elimination of the electric field freed up the filled deep traps.

  6. The simultaneous enhancement of photorefraction and optical damage resistance in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 crystals

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Chen, Muling; Chen, Shaolin; Zhang, Ling; Rupp, Romano; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-01-01

    For a long time that optical damage was renamed as photorefraction, here we find that the optical damage resistance and photorefraction can be simultaneously enhanced in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 (LN:Bi,Mg). The photorefractive response time of LN:Bi,Mg was shortened to 170 ms while the photorefractive sensitivity reached up to 21 cm2/J. Meanwhile, LN:Bi,Mg crystals could withstand a light intensity higher than 106  W/cm2 without apparent optical damage. Our experimental results indicate that photorefraction doesn’t equal to optical damage. The underground mechanism was analyzed and attributed to that diffusion dominates the transport process of charge carriers, that is to say photorefraction causes only slight optical damage under diffusion mechanism, which is very important for the practical applications of photorefractive crystals, such as in holographic storage, integrated optics and 3D display. PMID:26837261

  7. The simultaneous enhancement of photorefraction and optical damage resistance in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 crystals

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Chen, Muling; Chen, Shaolin; Zhang, Ling; Rupp, Romano; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-02-01

    For a long time that optical damage was renamed as photorefraction, here we find that the optical damage resistance and photorefraction can be simultaneously enhanced in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 (LN:Bi,Mg). The photorefractive response time of LN:Bi,Mg was shortened to 170 ms while the photorefractive sensitivity reached up to 21 cm2/J. Meanwhile, LN:Bi,Mg crystals could withstand a light intensity higher than 106  W/cm2 without apparent optical damage. Our experimental results indicate that photorefraction doesn’t equal to optical damage. The underground mechanism was analyzed and attributed to that diffusion dominates the transport process of charge carriers, that is to say photorefraction causes only slight optical damage under diffusion mechanism, which is very important for the practical applications of photorefractive crystals, such as in holographic storage, integrated optics and 3D display.

  8. The simultaneous enhancement of photorefraction and optical damage resistance in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 crystals.

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Chen, Muling; Chen, Shaolin; Zhang, Ling; Rupp, Romano; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-02-03

    For a long time that optical damage was renamed as photorefraction, here we find that the optical damage resistance and photorefraction can be simultaneously enhanced in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 (LN:Bi,Mg). The photorefractive response time of LN:Bi,Mg was shortened to 170 ms while the photorefractive sensitivity reached up to 21 cm(2)/J. Meanwhile, LN:Bi,Mg crystals could withstand a light intensity higher than 10(6)  W/cm(2) without apparent optical damage. Our experimental results indicate that photorefraction doesn't equal to optical damage. The underground mechanism was analyzed and attributed to that diffusion dominates the transport process of charge carriers, that is to say photorefraction causes only slight optical damage under diffusion mechanism, which is very important for the practical applications of photorefractive crystals, such as in holographic storage, integrated optics and 3D display.

  9. Beam coupling in hybrid photorefractive inorganic-cholesteric liquid crystal cells: Impact of optical rotation

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    Reshetnyak, V. Yu.; Pinkevych, I. P.; Sluckin, T. J.; Cook, G.; Evans, D. R.

    2014-03-14

    We develop a theoretical model to describe two-beam energy exchange in a hybrid photorefractive inorganic-cholesteric cell. A cholesteric layer is placed between two inorganic substrates. One of the substrates is photorefractive (Ce:SBN). Weak and strong light beams are incident on the hybrid cell. The interfering light beams induce a periodic space-charge field in the photorefractive window. This penetrates into the cholesteric liquid crystal (LC), inducing a diffraction grating written on the LC director. In the theory, the flexoelectric mechanism for electric field-director coupling is more important than the LC static dielectric anisotropy coupling. The LC optics is described in the Bragg regime. Each beam induces two circular polarized waves propagating in the cholesteric cell with different velocities. The model thus includes optical rotation in the cholesteric LC. The incident light beam wavelength can fall above, below, or inside the cholesteric gap. The theory calculates the energy gain of the weak beam, as a result of its interaction with the pump beam within the diffraction grating. Theoretical results for exponential gain coefficients are compared with experimental results for hybrid cells filled with cholesteric mixture BL038/CB15 at different concentrations of chiral agent CB15. Reconciliation between theory and experiment requires the inclusion of a phenomenological multiplier in the magnitude of the director grating. This multiplier is cubic in the space-charge field, and we provide a justification of the q-dependence of the multiplier. Within this paradigm, we are able to fit theory to experimental data for cholesteric mixtures with different spectral position of cholesteric gap relative to the wavelength of incident beams, subject to the use of some fitting parameters.

  10. Photorefractive Tungsten Bronze Crystals for Optical Limiters and Filters.

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    1996-01-01

    3. High temperature growths (up to 1500 °C) cause volatilization and oxidation-reduction (Nb5+ to Nb4 +) problems. 4. Cracking of crystals when...2 Dye Laser dT2 0tetu iati Cr + Cr3+, Fe3+, Rh3+, Nb4 + Figure 3.1 -- The effect of dopant site preference on spectral response. The circled numbers...PARAMETERS __________________________- Completely oxidize Nb Dopants andTheir Site Preference 1APPROACH - Double Doping Scheme Control of the Nb5+ to Nb4

  11. Depth-resolved holographic optical coherence imaging using a high-sensitivity photorefractive polymer device

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    Salvador, M.; Prauzner, J.; Köber, S.; Meerholz, K.; Jeong, K.; Nolte, D. D.

    2008-12-01

    We present coherence-gated holographic imaging using a highly sensitive photorefractive (PR) polymer composite as the recording medium. Due to the high sensitivity of the composite holographic recording at intensities as low as 5 mW/cm2 allowed for a frame exposure time of only 500ms. Motivated by regenerative medical applications, we demonstrate optical depth sectioning of a polymer foam for use as a cell culture matrix. An axial resolution of 18 μm and a transverse resolution of 30 μm up to a depth of 600 μm was obtained using an off-axis recording geometry.

  12. Evaluation of photoelectric processes in photorefractive crystals via the exposure characteristics of light diffraction.

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    Kadys, A; Gudelis, V; Sudzius, M; Jarasiunas, K

    2005-01-12

    We demonstrate a novel way to analyse carrier recombination and transport processes in photorefractive semiconductors via the exposure characteristics of light induced diffraction. The results of a picosecond four-wave mixing on free carrier gratings in semi-insulating GaAs crystals at various grating periods and modulation depths of a light interference pattern are discussed. The role of a deep-trap recharging in carrier diffusion and recombination is sensitively revealed through a feedback effect of a space-charge field to non-equilibrium carrier transport.

  13. Observation of bright spatial photorefractive solitons in a planar strontium barium niobate waveguide.

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    Kip, D; Wesner, M; Shandarov, V; Moretti, P

    1998-06-15

    We have obtained stationary bright spatial solitons in a planar photorefractive strontium barium niobate waveguide for visible light ranging from 514.5 to 780 nm. Even for larger wavelengths (lambda=1047 nm) strong self-focusing of the beam was observed; however, input power had to be some orders of magnitude higher than for visible light for self-focusing to occur. Furthermore, we found transient self-trapping of red light (lambda=632.8 nm) that corresponds to the formation of bright quasi-steady-state solitons.

  14. Spatial solitons in biased photovoltaic photorefractive materials with the pyroelectric effect

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    Katti, Aavishkar; Yadav, R. A.

    2017-01-01

    Spatial solitons in biased photorefractive media due to the photovoltaic effect and the pyroelectric effect are investigated. The pyroelectric field considered is induced due to the heating by the incident beam's energy. These solitons can be called screening photovoltaic pyroelectric solitons. It is shown that the solitons can exist in the bright and dark realizations. The conditions for formation of these solitons are discussed. Relevant example is considered to illustrate the self trapping of such solitons. The external electric field interacts with the photovoltaic field and the pyroelectric field to either support or oppose the self trapping.

  15. Photorefractive two-beam coupling optimal thresholding filter for additive signal-dependent noise reduction

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    Fu, Jack; Khoury, Jehad; Cronin-Golomb, Mark; Woods, Charles L.

    1995-01-01

    Computer simulations of photorefractive thresholding filters for the reduction of artifact or dust noise demonstrate an increase in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 70% to 95%, respectively, of that provided by the Wiener filter for inputs with a SNR of approximately 3. These simple, nearly optimal filters use a spectral thresholding profile that is proportional to the envelope of the noise spectrum. Alternative nonlinear filters with either 1/ nu or constant thresholding profiles increase the SNR almost as much as the noise-envelope thresholding filter.

  16. Generation of Squeezed Light Using Photorefractive Degenerate Two-Wave Mixing

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    Lu, Yajun; Wu, Meijuan; Wu, Ling-An; Tang, Zheng; Li, Shiqun

    1996-01-01

    We present a quantum nonlinear model of two-wave mixing in a lossless photorefractive medium. A set of equations describing the quantum nonlinear coupling for the field operators is obtained. It is found that, to the second power term, the commutation relationship is maintained. The expectation values for the photon number concur with those of the classical electromagnetic theory when the initial intensities of the two beams are strong. We also calculate the quantum fluctuations of the two beams initially in the coherent state. With an appropriate choice of phase, quadrature squeezing or number state squeezing can be produced.

  17. Excitation Energy and Temperature Dependence of the Phase Coherent Photorefractive Effect

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    Kabir, A.; Wagner, H. P.

    2011-12-01

    We investigate the influence of excitation energy and temperature on the phase coherent photorefractive (PCP) effect in ZnSe quantum wells. At temperatures below 35 K and nearly exciton resonant excitation the formation of trions suppresses the PCP effect. At lower excitation energies increasing space-charge-fields reduce the trion binding energy which leads to an enhanced thermal ionization of trions resulting in a PCP signal. Due to the thermal dissociation of trions at temperatures exceeding 40 K a strong PCP effect occurs even at nearly resonant excitation.

  18. Orientation and patterning of zeolite micro-crystals on photorefractive templates

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    Elvira, I.; Muñoz-Martinez, J. F.; Ramiro, J.; Barroso, A.; Denz, C.; García-Cabañes, A.; Agulló-López, F.; Carrascosa, M.

    2017-06-01

    Evanescent fields photo-generated on the surface of photorefractive Fe-doped LiNbO3 templates have been used to trap and align anisotropic zeolite micro-cylinders. x- and z-cut crystal configurations have been employed to obtain different 1D and 2D zeolite micro-patterns. Inside of the patterns, a substructure of zeolites aligned along the electric field, either parallel or perpendicular to the surface, have been obtained. The experiments have been analyzed to the light of a theoretical analysis that satisfactorily explains the main experimental features.

  19. Photorefractive gain in GaAs under a dc electric field

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    Liu, Duncan T. H.; Cheng, Li-Jen; Rau, Mann-Fu; Wang, Faa-Ching

    1988-01-01

    This paper reports on the first observation of a photorefractive gain coefficient as high as 2.6/cm in the undoped liquid-encapsulated Czochralski-grown GaAs crystals at 1.06 microns under a dc electric field of 13 kV/cm without using the moving grating technique.The absorption coefficient of the crystals used is 1.3/cm, showing that a net gain has been achieved. This measured gain coefficient is close to the predicted theoretical value.

  20. Enhanced beam coupling modulation using the polarization properties of photorefractive GaAs

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    Partovi, Afshin; Garmire, Elsa M.; Cheng, Li-Jen

    1987-01-01

    Observation is reported of a rotation in the polarization of the two photorefractive recording beams in GaAs for a configuration with the internally generated space-charge field along the line 110 crystallographic orientation. This rotation is a result of simultaneous constructive and destructive beam coupling in each beam for the optical electric field components along the two electrooptically induced principal dielectric axes of the crystal. By turning one of the beams on and off, the intensity of the other beam after the crystal and a polarization analyzer can be modulated by as much as 500 percent. This result is of particular importance for optical information processing applications.

  1. Photorefractive Properties of Doped BaTiO3 and SBN

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    1991-12-01

    tkucolendion of irrar’e Send cimr ais r rgwr this bude, esrtme aof tref aspet of •ns cObotic of Hi ~arn at ck a ggesbo far rnecid *xr tsU b to WaM anr...were studied. Isotropic scattering of a single intense pump beam was observed and modeled. Numerical calculations, performed using material...be constants. Several novel photorefractive scattering processes were also studied. Isotropic scattering of a single intense pump beam was observed and

  2. Raman Study of Photorefractive Nonlinearity in TITANIUM:LITHIUM Niobate and of Silicon Crystallite Formation in Silicon Dioxide

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    Ramabadran, Uma B.

    1990-01-01

    Photorefractive non-linearities in electro-optic crystals have been widely investigated in a variety of materials including LiNbO_3. This phenomenon is also observed in the Ti:LiNbO_3 channel waveguide which is typically a few microns in thickness and width and therefore experiences high power densities which gives rise to this effect. The non-linearity is observed in the unidirectional energy transfer from one waveguide mode to an orthogonal one causing a polarization rotation. A threshold value of power necessary to initiate the polarization rotation can be obtained and used to calculate a value of beta_{15 }, an asymmetric component of the photovoltaic tensor. Elastic scattered light is collected over a distance of the propagating guided wave and the scattering loss as a function of distance is calculated. The Raman spectrometer was used in a novel way to measure inelastic scattered light from the waveguide surface as a function of propagatory distance and this data used to calculate the loss coefficient. In this way, the contributions due to surface inhomogeneities were neglected and a value of the loss characteristic of the guiding medium alone was obtained. The measurements were carried out in the channel waveguides of Ti:LiNbO _3 described above and in planar waveguides of Si^+/N^+ implanted in SiO_2 thermally grown on silicon substrates. In the latter case, the Raman macrochamber was used with a large collection lens to obtain sufficient signal. Different annealing cycles were performed to optimize the waveguide quality. This thesis also reports the investigation of diffusion characteristics of silicon when samples of high -dose silicon ion-implanted in crystalline quartz were subjected to rapid thermal or laser annealing. Characterization techniques included differential interference microscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and Raman microprobe spectroscopy. The data obtained indicated that rapid thermal annealing results in the formation of

  3. Flexoelectric contribution to the phase demodulation by two-beam coupling on reflection and transmission gratings in cubic photorefractive crystals

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    Shandarov, S. M.; Burimov, N. I.; Shmakov, S. S.; Zlobin, A. O.; Shmidt, A. A.; Shepelevich, V. V.; Makarevich, A. V.; Kargin, Yu F.; Shcherbin, K.

    2017-06-01

    We study the linear and quadratic signals of phase demodulation in holographic interferometers, which are realized at interaction of light waves on dynamic hologram of diffusion type in the cubic photorefractive crystals, with taking into account the flexoelectric contribution to the nonlinear response.

  4. Optical Sensitizing of Photorefractive Sn2P2S6 With CW and Pulsed Pre-Exposure (Preprint)

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    2015-06-16

    antimony doping. The second conclusion is in line with our published data on the identification of secondary centers in Sn2P2S6:Sb using the EPR...optical sensitizing of photorefraction in antimony doped Sn2P2S6 crystals. AKNOWLEDGMENTS The financial support of the European Office of

  5. Amplification of optical signals in Bi{sub 12}TiO{sub 20} crystal by photorefractive surface waves

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    Khomenko, A.V.; Garcia-Weidner, A.; Kamshilin, A.A.

    1996-07-01

    We have demonstrated experimentally beam amplification by coupling between the signal beam and the photorefractive surfaces wave in Bi{sub 12}TiO{sub 20} crystal. A gain of 16,000 has been measured, with an output signal-to-noise ratio of {approx_gt}20 for weak input signals. {copyright} {ital 1996 Optical Society of America.}

  6. Off-Resonance Photosensitization of a Photorefractive Polymer Composite Using PbS Nanocrystals

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    Moon, Jong-Sik; Liang, Yichen; Stevens, Tyler E.; ...

    2015-05-26

    The photosensitization of photorefractive polymeric composites for operation at 633 nm is accomplished through the inclusion of narrow band gap semiconductor nanocrystals composed of PbS. Unlike previous studies involving photosensitization of photorefractive polymer composites with inorganic nanocrystals, we employ an off-resonance approach where the first excitonic transition associated with the PbS nanocrystals lies at ~1220 nm and not the wavelength of operation. Using this methodology, internal diffraction efficiencies exceeding 82%, two-beam-coupling gain coefficients of 211 cm–1, and response times of 34 ms have been observed, representing some of the best figures of merit reported for this class of materials. Furthermore,more » these data demonstrate the ability of semiconductor nanocrystals to compete effectively with traditional organic photosensitizers. In addition to superior performance, this approach also offers an inexpensive and easy means by which to photosensitize composite materials. Additionally, the photoconductive characteristics of the composites used for this study will also be considered.« less

  7. Off-Resonance Photosensitization of a Photorefractive Polymer Composite Using PbS Nanocrystals

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    Moon, Jong-Sik; Liang, Yichen; Stevens, Tyler E.; Monson, Todd C.; Huber, Dale L.; Mahala, Benjamin D.; Winiarz, Jeffrey G.

    2015-05-26

    The photosensitization of photorefractive polymeric composites for operation at 633 nm is accomplished through the inclusion of narrow band gap semiconductor nanocrystals composed of PbS. Unlike previous studies involving photosensitization of photorefractive polymer composites with inorganic nanocrystals, we employ an off-resonance approach where the first excitonic transition associated with the PbS nanocrystals lies at ~1220 nm and not the wavelength of operation. Using this methodology, internal diffraction efficiencies exceeding 82%, two-beam-coupling gain coefficients of 211 cm–1, and response times of 34 ms have been observed, representing some of the best figures of merit reported for this class of materials. Furthermore, these data demonstrate the ability of semiconductor nanocrystals to compete effectively with traditional organic photosensitizers. In addition to superior performance, this approach also offers an inexpensive and easy means by which to photosensitize composite materials. Additionally, the photoconductive characteristics of the composites used for this study will also be considered.

  8. Temporal modulation instability, transition to chaos in non-feedback biased photorefractive media

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    Sharif, Morteza A.; Borjkhani, Mehdi; Ghafary, Bijan

    2014-05-01

    This paper surveys the theoretical dynamic model of chaotic regime in optical delayed feedback system; chaotic control parameters of optical input intensity and externally applied bias electric field are investigated. It is also shown that quasi-periodic state identified as temporal modulation instability can be deeply considered as a route to chaos through the evolution equation. Numerical solution of nonlinear Schrödinger equation as the universal model of modulation instability approves such claim. Pre-experiment based on optical delayed feedback system confirms theoretical model results and clarifies the crucial role of critical frequency as the competition point between optical bistability and the chaotic regime. Then, the simple experiment of non-feedback chaos control in Lithium Niobate photorefractive medium without delay indicates that quasi-periodic state -implies on temporal modulation instability- is also attainable and thus chaotic control can be achieved. The causal explanation of such behavior in slow response time Lithium Niobate photorefractive medium is analytically discussed as the generation of the internal feedback inside the medium.

  9. Dynamic range compression/expansion of light beams by photorefractive crystals

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    Cheng, Li-Jen (Inventor); Liu, Hua-Kuang (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    An apparatus is provided which greatly reduces the intensity of bright portions of an image while only moderately reducing the brightness of dimmer portions of the image, to thereby compress the range of light intensities to facilitate detection of the image. The apparatus includes a light detector device formed by a chip of photorefractive material. A 2-D array of light beams from an object to be detected passes through a beam splitter to form two arrays of light beams. The two arrays are directed at different angles against a surface of the chip of photorefractive material, the two arrays of light beams forming coincident images on the surface. One of the 2-D arrays of beams emerging from an opposite surface of the chip has a lower range of intensities, to facilitate detection of the object despite very bright spots in its image. The other array of light beams emerging from the chip has a greater range of intensities than the unprocessed image of the object.

  10. Dynamic range compression/expansion of light beams by photorefractive crystals

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    Cheng, Li-Jen (Inventor); Liu, Hua-Kuang (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    An apparatus is provided which greatly reduces the intensity of bright portions of an image while only moderately reducing the brightness of dimmer portions of the image, to thereby compress the range of light intensities to facilitate detection of the image. The apparatus includes a light detector device formed by a chip of photorefractive material. A 2-D array of light beams from an object to be detected passes through a beam splitter to form two arrays of light beams. The two arrays are directed at different angles against a surface of the chip of photorefractive material, the two arrays of light beams forming coincident images on the surface. One of the 2-D arrays of beams emerging from an opposite surface of the chip has a lower range of intensities, to facilitate detection of the object despite very bright spots in its image. The other array of light beams emerging from the chip has a greater range of intensities than the unprocessed image of the object.

  11. ISS-Crystal Growth of Photorefractive Materials (BSO): Critical Design Issues for Optimized Data Extraction from Space Experiments

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    Hyers, Robert W.; Motakef, S.; Witt, A. F.; Wuensch, B.; Whitaker, Ann F. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Realization of the full potential of photorefractive materials in device technology is seriously impeded by our inability to achieve controlled formation of critical defects during single crystal growth and by difficulties in meeting the required degree of compositional uniformity on a micro-scale over macroscopic dimensions. The exact nature and origin of the critical defects which control photorefractivity could not as yet be identified because of gravitational interference. There exists, however, strong evidence that the density of defect formation and their spatial distribution are adversely affected by gravitational interference which precludes the establishment of quantifiable and controllable heat and mass transfer conditions during crystal growth. The current, NASA sponsored research at MIT is directed at establishing a basis for the development of a comprehensive approach to the optimization of property control during melt growth of photorefractive materials, making use of the m-g environment, provided in the International Space Station. The objectives to be pursued in m-g research on photorefractive BSO (Bi12SiO20) are: (a) identification of the x-level(s) responsible for photorefractivity in undoped BSO; (b) development of approaches leading to the control of x-level formation at uniform spatial distribution; (c) development of doping and processing procedures for optimization of the critical, application specific parameters, spectral response, sensitivity, response time and matrix stability. The presentation will focus on: the rationale for the justification of the space experiment, ground-based development efforts, design considerations for the space experiments, strategic plan of the space experiments, and approaches to the quantitative analysis of the space experiments.

  12. ISS-Crystal Growth of Photorefractive Materials (BSO): Critical Design Issues for Optimized Data Extraction from Space Experiments

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    Hyers, Robert W.; Motakef, S.; Witt, A. F.; Wuensch, B.; Whitaker, Ann F. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Realization of the full potential of photorefractive materials in device technology is seriously impeded by our inability to achieve controlled formation of critical defects during single crystal growth and by difficulties in meeting the required degree of compositional uniformity on a micro-scale over macroscopic dimensions. The exact nature and origin of the critical defects which control photorefractivity could not as yet be identified because of gravitational interference. There exists, however, strong evidence that the density of defect formation and their spatial distribution are adversely affected by gravitational interference which precludes the establishment of quantifiable and controllable heat and mass transfer conditions during crystal growth. The current, NASA sponsored research at MIT is directed at establishing a basis for the development of a comprehensive approach to the optimization of property control during melt growth of photorefractive materials, making use of the m-g environment, provided in the International Space Station. The objectives to be pursued in m-g research on photorefractive BSO (Bi12SiO20) are: (a) identification of the x-level(s) responsible for photorefractivity in undoped BSO; (b) development of approaches leading to the control of x-level formation at uniform spatial distribution; (c) development of doping and processing procedures for optimization of the critical, application specific parameters, spectral response, sensitivity, response time and matrix stability. The presentation will focus on: the rationale for the justification of the space experiment, ground-based development efforts, design considerations for the space experiments, strategic plan of the space experiments, and approaches to the quantitative analysis of the space experiments.

  13. Sn vacancies in photorefractive Sn2P2S6 crystals: An electron paramagnetic resonance study of an optically active hole trap

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    Golden, E. M.; Basun, S. A.; Evans, D. R.; Grabar, A. A.; Stoika, I. M.; Giles, N. C.; Halliburton, L. E.

    2016-10-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is used to identify the singly ionized charge state of the Sn vacancy ( VSn - ) in single crystals of Sn2P2S6 (often referred to as SPS). These vacancies, acting as a hole trap, are expected to be important participants in the photorefractive effect observed in undoped SPS crystals. In as-grown crystals, the Sn vacancies are doubly ionized ( VSn 2 - ) with no unpaired spins. They are then converted to a stable EPR-active state when an electron is removed (i.e., a hole is trapped) during an illumination below 100 K with 633 nm laser light. The resulting EPR spectrum has g-matrix principal values of 2.0079, 2.0231, and 1.9717. There are resolved hyperfine interactions with two P neighbors and one Sn neighbor. The isotropic portions of these hyperfine matrices are 167 and 79 MHz for the two 31P neighbors and 8504 MHz for the one Sn neighbor (this latter value is the average for 117Sn and 119Sn). These VSn - vacancies are shallow acceptors with the hole occupying a diffuse wave function that overlaps the neighboring Sn2+ ion and (P2S6)4- anionic unit. Using a general-order kinetics approach, an analysis of isothermal decay curves of the VSn - EPR spectrum in the 107-115 K region gives an activation energy of 283 meV.

  14. Laser Phase Noise Reduction for Industrial Interferometric Applications

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    Dubois, Marc; Burr, Kent C.; Drake, Thomas E.

    2004-08-01

    Laser ultrasound is a technique used for the ultrasonic inspection of composites during manufacturing of advanced jet fighters. With this technique laser interferometry is used to detect ultrasonic displacements generated by a laser. In theory, the signal-to-noise ratio is proportional to the square root of the collected detection light. In practice, laser phase noise limits the signal-to-noise ratio above a certain collected light level. Two techniques are presented to decrease effects due to laser noise. In one technique the dual-cavity Fabry-Perot currently used is replaced by an interferometer based on a photorefractive crystal. The other technique has a high-finesse Sagnac cavity that filters the phase noise from the detection laser. Experimental results demonstrate that these two techniques significantly reduce limitations due to laser noise.

  15. Synthesis of organic phenothiazine-based molecular glasses and effect of racemic/homochiral aliphatic chain on near-infrared photorefractive property

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    Liu, Yingliang; Fujimura, Ryushi; Ishida, Kazuki; Oya, Nobuhiro; Yoshie, Naoko; Shimura, Tsutomu; Kuroda, Kazuo

    2012-09-01

    Organic near-infrared photorefractive molecular glasses with a phenothiazine moiety are designed and synthesized through the introduction of linear, racemic/homochiral asymmetrically branched aliphatic chains into photorefractive chromophore as an auxiliary group. The compounds are characterized with 1H-NMR, IR, FAB-MS, UV-vis, TG, DSC, etc. The effect of different aliphatic chains on the absorption and thermal properties is investigated in detail. The molar absorption coefficiency at the absorption maximum wavelength showed that the homochiral asymmetrically branched aliphatic chain has a strong hypochromic effect in the dilute solution when it is introduced into photorefractive chromophore. The DSC measurement indicated that the introduction of asymmetrically branched aliphatic chain is the key issue to design organic molecular glasses whether it is racemic or homochiral. The effect of racemic/homochiral asymmetrically branched aliphatic groups on photorefractive property is investigated carefully with poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) as a photoconductor and with (2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenylidene) malononitrile (TNFM) as a photosensitizer. The results suggested that the racemic group is more beneficial to the improvement of photorefractive performance than the homochiral when the homochiral cannot induce rigid photorefractive chromophore to be much more ordered.

  16. Beam-steering and jammer-nulling photorefractive phased-array radar processor

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    Sarto, Anthony W.; Weverka, Robert T.; Wagner, Kelvin H.

    1994-06-01

    We are developing a class of optical phased-array-radar processors which use the large number of degrees-of-freedom available in 3D photorefractive volume holograms to time integrate the adaptive weights to perform beam-steering and jammer-cancellation signal-processing tasks for very large phased-array antennas. We have experimentally demonstrated independently the two primary subsystems of the beam-steering and jammer-nulling phased-array radar processor, the beam-forming subsystem and the jammer-nulling subsystem, as well as simultaneous main beam formation and jammer suppression in the combined processor. The beam-steering subsystem calculates the angle of arrival of a desired signal of interest and steers the antenna pattern in the direction of this desired signal by forming a dynamic holographic grating proportional to the correlation between the incoming signal of interest from the antenna array and the temporal waveform of the desired signal. This grating is formed by repetitively applying the temporal waveform of the desired signal to a single acousto-optic Bragg cell and allowing the diffracted component from the Bragg cell to interfere with an optical mapping of the received phased-array antenna signal at a photorefractive crystal. The diffracted component from this grating is the antenna output modified by an array function pointed towards the desired signal of interest. This beam-steering task is performed with the only a priori information being that of the knowledge of a temporal waveform that correlates well with the desired signal and that the delay of the desired signal remains within the time aperture of the Bragg cell. The jammer-nulling subsystem computes the angles-of- arrival of multiple interfering narrowband radar jammers and adaptively steers nulls in the antenna pattern in order to extinguish the jammers by implementing a modified LMS algorithm in the optical domain. This task is performed in a second photorefractive crystal where

  17. Endothelial reaction to perforating and non-perforating excimer laser excisions in rabbits

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    Koch, J.W.; Lang, G.K.; Naumann, G.O. )

    1991-05-01

    With an ArF excimer laser (193 nm, 750 mJ/cm2, 20 Hz) and a special slit-mask system, perforating and non-perforating linear keratectomies were performed in 55 rabbit corneas with a follow-up from 1 hour to 6 months. Varying the pulse number according to ablation rate (0.8 micron/pulse) and corneal thickness, four linear radial excisions (3 mm length, 70 microns width) of increasing depth (70%, 80%, 90%, 100% perforation) were produced. The corneas were processed for light microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and vital staining of the endothelium. Except for mild cell contact alterations and discrete single cell damage in the 90% deep excisions, no endothelial damage could be detected after non-perforating keratectomies. Minute (less than 20 microns) and small (20 to 100 microns maximal diameter) perforations induced cell enlargement, formation of pseudopodia, rosette-like figures, multi-nucleated giant cells, and ultimately uniform reformation of the cell pattern (1 hour to 7 days postoperatively). Larger excimer laser defects of Descemet's membrane (greater than 100 microns) were overgrown by dedifferentiated endothelial cells producing a new PAS-positive basement membrane. Vital staining revealed the complete and stable reorganization of the endothelium over these lesions within 6 months. The authors observations are similar to those reported on the endothelial repair process following other surgical manipulations (knife incisions, direct Nd:YAG-laser trauma) and support the applicability of excimer lasers for corneal trephination in patients.

  18. Self-imaging, self-healing beams generated by photorefractive volume holography

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    Manigo, Jonathan P.; Guerrero, Raphael A.

    2015-10-01

    Self-imaging beams consisting of three-dimensional intensity voids are generated via photorefractive volume holography. Reconstruction of a volume hologram recorded at 594 nm is performed with a Bessel readout beam. The holographic output is similar in appearance to a Bessel beam, with the central spot oscillating between maximum and zero intensity over a propagation distance of 10 to 55 cm. The oscillation period for the on-axis intensity is 30 cm. The reconstruction is capable of self-healing, with a fully recovered central core after the beam propagates 40 cm. Dual-wavelength reconstruction at 632.8 nm produces an output beam with similar self-imaging and self-healing properties. A theoretical framework based on the interference of a plane wave and a Bessel beam simultaneously reconstructed from a volume hologram is able to describe our experimental results.

  19. Improvement in photorefractivity of a polymeric composite doped with the electron-injecting material Alq3

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    Wei, Qun; Liu, Yihong; Chen, Zhijian; Huang, Maomao; Zhang, Jie; Gong, Qihuang; Chen, Xiaofang; Zhou, Qifeng

    2004-09-01

    A photorefractive composite composed of 8-pertyloxy-4' -cyanobiphenyl (8OCB)/N, N' -diphenyl-N, N' -bis(3-methylphenyl)-[1,1' -biphenyl]-4,4' -diamine (TPD)/2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenone (TNF)/tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminium (Alq3)/polycarbonate plastic was fabricated. The additive of Alq3 in the composite leads to a larger two-beam coupling coefficient Ggr and shorter response time. Ggr over 330 cm-1 at an applied electric field of 26 V µm-1 was measured while Ggr of the sample without Alq3 was only 213 cm-1. It is presumed that the electron-injecting material Alq3 and charge-transporting material TPD form more effective traps in the composite, which leads to the improvement in the PR performance.

  20. Discrete vector solitons in one-dimensional lattices in photorefractive media

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    Fitrakis, E. P.; Kevrekidis, P. G.; Malomed, B. A.; Frantzeskakis, D. J.

    2006-08-01

    We construct families of two-component spatial solitons in a one-dimensional lattice with saturable on-site nonlinearity (focusing or defocusing) in a photorefractive crystal. We identify 14 species of vector solitons, depending on their type (bright/dark), phase (in-phase/staggered), and location on the lattice (on/off-site). Two species of the bright/bright type form entirely stable soliton families, four species are partially stable (depending on the value of the propagation constant), while the remaining eight species are completely unstable. “Symbiotic” soliton pairs (of the bright/dark type), which contain components that cannot exist in isolation in the same model, are found as well.

  1. Propagation and interaction of cos-Gaussian beams in photorefractive crystals

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    Jiang, Qichang; Su, Yanli; Nie, Hexian; Ma, Ziwei; Li, Yonghong

    2017-07-01

    Investigate numerically the propagation and interaction of cos-Gaussian beams in a biased photorefractive crystal by the finite difference method. The results show that the single cos-Gaussian beam can evolve into Y-type breathing solitons when the self-focusing nonlinearity is small, and the soliton properties can be controlled by adjusting the nonlinear parameter or cos modulation parameter. The distance between two components of Y-type breathing solitons will decrease with increasing the nonlinear parameter or decreasing the cos modulation parameter. The breathing soliton with two weak sidebands can form when the self-focusing nonlinearity is big. Moreover, two internal components of two cos-Gaussian beams have obvious interaction but two outside components have tiny interaction.

  2. Dark developing of photorefractive proton-exchanged LiNbO 3 waveguides

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    Méndez, A.; García-Cabañes, A.; Carrascosa, M.; Cabrera, J. M.

    2001-10-01

    Photorefractive measurements have been performed in proton-exchanged (PE) LiNbO 3 waveguides as unannealed α-phase layers. Holographic recording and light and dark erasures have been studied. The saturation index change is independent of the light intensity within the studied range 0.3-50 W/cm2. The time dependencies of Δn are well represented by the sum of two exponential components. After a complete optical erasure, Δn increases in the dark (dark developing) up to Δn≅3×10 -6 and then decays to zero in about 4 h. All experimental results are reasonably well simulated using a model in which the Fe 2+/Fe 3+ light-induced charge distribution is compensated by a light insensitive species (ionic charges or holes) mobile at room temperature.

  3. Analytical modeling of the resolution of photorefractive multiple quantum well spatial light modulators

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    Abeeluck, A. K.; Garmire, E.; Canoglu, E.

    2000-11-01

    An analytical model that includes lateral drift of photocarriers is developed to explain the experimental resolution of photorefractive multiple quantum well (MQW) devices. The model is in excellent agreement with a phenomenological fit proposed earlier and it follows a small intensity modulation model closely. Charge distributions with and without lateral drift of carriers at the MQW interfaces are assumed in order to calculate the peak diffraction efficiency as a function of grating period. An effective mobility-lifetime product is used to account for the effect of lateral drift in the MQW region. It is shown that good agreement with experiment is obtained when lateral drift is taken into account. Moreover, the model is applied to the study of design tradeoff between resolution, sensitivity, and diffraction efficiency which are all of crucial importance in the performance of practical devices.

  4. Enhanced photorefractive performance of bulk cu-doped KNSBN crystals through surface electrostatic modification

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    Li, Liang; Zhang, Jingwen; Zhao, Hua

    2017-01-01

    The remarkable photorefractivity enhancement was observed and investigated in copper-doped (K0.5Na0.5)0.2(Sr0.75Ba0.25)0.9Nb2O6 (Cu:KNSBN) crystals due to charge accumulation on the surface, stemming from electrostrictive effect. This electrostatic modification to the surface was studied with conventional two beam coupling experiment and over 17 high diffraction orders were observed. To estimate the amount of charge accumulation, the surface charge density was measured through direct current measurement using a close loop circuit. It was believed that a thin phase grating was responsible for the diffraction pattern, which was confirmed by the related reading experiment. Corresponding calculation and analysis were given to highlight the strong refractive index modulation of the gratings.

  5. Laser-spectroscopy investigations of materials for solid-state-laser systems. Final report, 16 January 1985-15 January 1988

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    Powell, R.C.

    1988-02-01

    Some of the results of major importance from this work are: (1) development of a method for producing laser-induced grating optical devices in glasses; (2) elucidation of the effects of Mg on inhibiting the photorefractive response of lithium niobate; (3) demonstration of tunable single-pass gain from a closed-shell ion in the visible spectral region; (4) demonstration of the decrease in fluorescence quenching in fiber crystals; (5) demonstration of the effects of thermal annealing on the infrared absorption and visible emission in Ti-sapphire laser crystals; and (6) measurement of the pump band to metastable-state relaxation rate in alexandrite laser crystals.

  6. Refractive lenticule extraction (ReLEx) through a small incision (SMILE) for correction of myopia and myopic astigmatism: current perspectives

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    Ağca, Alper; Demirok, Ahmet; Yıldırım, Yusuf; Demircan, Ali; Yaşa, Dilek; Yeşilkaya, Ceren; Perente, İrfan; Taşkapılı, Muhittin

    2016-01-01

    Small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) is an alternative to laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for the correction of myopia and myopic astigmatism. SMILE can be performed for the treatment of myopia ≤−12 D and astigmatism ≤5 D. The technology is currently only available in the VisuMax femtosecond laser platform. It offers several advantages over LASIK and PRK; however, hyperopia treatment, topography-guided treatment, and cyclotorsion control are not available in the current platform. The working principles, potential advantages, and disadvantages are discussed in this review. PMID:27757010

  7. Excisional keratectomy combined with focal cryotherapy and amniotic membrane inlay for recalcitrant filamentary fungal keratitis: A retrospective comparative clinical data analysis.

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    Chen, Yingxin; Gao, Minghong; Duncan, Joshua K; Ran, Di; Roe, Denise J; Belin, Michael W; Wang, Mingwu

    2016-11-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of a novel surgical intervention, excisional keratectomy combined with focal cryotherapy and amniotic membrane inlay (EKCAI), for the treatment of recalcitrant filamentary fungal keratitis. A retrospective analysis was performed of patients who underwent excisional keratectomy combined with conjunctival flap inlay (EKCFI), EKCAI or therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty (TPK) from January 2006 to January 2011. Recalcitrance was determined as being unresponsive to standard medical antifungal therapy for at ≥1 week. Outcome measures among the three intervention modalities were compared. A total of 128 patients had a follow-up of ≥1 year after the primary intervention. The success rates of interventions at 1-year follow-up were 58.33% in the EKCFI group, 88.37% in the EKCAI group and 93.44% in the TPK group (P<0.0002). The preoperative visual acuity of the three groups were similar (P=0.6458), while the postoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of patients without recurrence was significantly different among the three groups 3 months after surgery. The best postoperative BCVA was found in the TPK group, while the worst was in the EKCFI group. In conclusion, EKCAI does not require donor cornea, is straightforward surgically, and has a favorable success rate compared with EKCFI.

  8. Excisional keratectomy combined with focal cryotherapy and amniotic membrane inlay for recalcitrant filamentary fungal keratitis: A retrospective comparative clinical data analysis

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    Chen, Yingxin; Gao, Minghong; Duncan, Joshua K.; Ran, Di; Roe, Denise J.; Belin, Michael W.; Wang, Mingwu

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of a novel surgical intervention, excisional keratectomy combined with focal cryotherapy and amniotic membrane inlay (EKCAI), for the treatment of recalcitrant filamentary fungal keratitis. A retrospective analysis was performed of patients who underwent excisional keratectomy combined with conjunctival flap inlay (EKCFI), EKCAI or therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty (TPK) from January 2006 to January 2011. Recalcitrance was determined as being unresponsive to standard medical antifungal therapy for at ≥1 week. Outcome measures among the three intervention modalities were compared. A total of 128 patients had a follow-up of ≥1 year after the primary intervention. The success rates of interventions at 1-year follow-up were 58.33% in the EKCFI group, 88.37% in the EKCAI group and 93.44% in the TPK group (P<0.0002). The preoperative visual acuity of the three groups were similar (P=0.6458), while the postoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of patients without recurrence was significantly different among the three groups 3 months after surgery. The best postoperative BCVA was found in the TPK group, while the worst was in the EKCFI group. In conclusion, EKCAI does not require donor cornea, is straightforward surgically, and has a favorable success rate compared with EKCFI. PMID:27882109

  9. Impact of the photorefractive and pyroelectric-electro-optic effect in lithium niobate on whispering-gallery modes.

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    Leidinger, Markus; Werner, Christoph S; Yoshiki, Wataru; Buse, Karsten; Breunig, Ingo

    2016-12-01

    Whispering-gallery resonators made of undoped and MgO-doped congruently grown lithium niobate are used to study electro-optic refractive index changes. Hereby, we focus on the volume photovoltaic and the pyroelectric effect, both providing an electric field driving the electro-optic effect. Our findings indicate that the light-induced photorefractive effect, combining the photovoltaic and electro-optic effect, is present only in the non-MgO-doped lithium niobate for exposure with light having wavelengths of up to 850 nm. This leads to strong resonance frequency shifts of the whispering-gallery modes. No photorefractive effect was observed in the MgO-doped material. One has to be aware that surface charges induced by the pyroelectric effect result in a similar phenomenon and are present in both materials.

  10. Ti: Al sub 2 O sub 3 laser with phase-conjugate feedback of the residual pump

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    Kong, H.; Chen, B.S.; Cronin-Golomb, M.

    1990-07-01

    A Ti: Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} laser is demonstrated in which that portion of the all lines argon laser pump not absorbed in the first pass through the gain medium is fed back for a second pass through the gain medium by a photorefractive self pumped phase conjugate mirror using barium titanate. As an additional pump, this phase conjugate feedback is compensated for beam distortion due to astigmatism and thermal nonlinearities in the laser crystal. The phase conjugate pump has optimum overlap with the first pump. The feedback lowers the laser's threshold and increases its output power.

  11. Self-trapping of planar optical beams by use of the photorefractive effect in InP:Fe.

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    Chauvet, M; Hawkins, S A; Salamo, G J; Segev, M; Bliss, D F; Bryant, G

    1996-09-01

    We demonstrate what we believe to be the first experimental observation of self-trapping and self-deflection of a planar optical beam by the photorefractive effect in a semiconductor. The semiconductor material is indium phosphide doped with iron. We show that the observed focusing and defocusing effects follow the component of the two-wave-mixing space charge field that is in phase with the intensity pattern, whereas the spatial beam deflection effects follow the 90 degrees -shifted component.

  12. Potential formalism of optical spatial soliton propagation in a two-photon photovoltaic-photorefractive material under open circuit condition

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    Akhouri, B. P.; Gupta, P. K.

    2014-04-01

    Propagation characteristics of optical spatial solitons in a two-photon photovoltaic-photorefractive medium under open circuit condition have been investigated using the formalism of a particle in a potential well. Optical nonlinearity has been evaluated using Castro-Camus model. Variational formalism has been employed to investigate the resulting modified nonlinear Schrödinger equation. Potential formalism has been examined to identify localized optical spatial solitons.

  13. A tunable, Nd-doped lithium niobate laser at 1084 nm

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    Schearer, L.D. ); Leduc, M.

    1988-10-01

    Over 250 mW of CW laser emission at 1084 nm is obtained from Nd:LiNbO{sub 3} when the rod is end-pumped along the crystalline {open quote}{ital y}{close quote} axis by 1 W from a Kr{sup +} laser at 752 nm. The laser can be tuned over 3 nm at the 1084 nm peak with a thin, uncoated etalon in the cavity. Thresholds of 30 mW of absorbed pump power were obtained with a weak output coupler, rising to 220 mW with a 35% transmitting output mirror. No pump-induced photorefractive effects were observed.

  14. Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) for treatment of recurrent corneal erosion: Correlation between etiology and prognosis - prospective longitudinal study.

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    Dedes, Wasiliki; Faes, Livia; Schipper, Isaak; Bachmann, Lucas M; Thiel, Michael A

    2015-10-01

    To evaluate and compare the efficacy of phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) for recurrent corneal erosion (RCE) caused by trauma, map-dot-fingerprint dystrophy (MDF) or instances without an established cause. Single center prospective longitudinal study. Between January 2003 and November 2006 we treated 89 eyes of 82 patients with PTK. All patients presented with refractory RCE caused either by trauma, MDF or with no established cause. During follow-up (until May 2013), patients, treating ophthalmologists and/or family doctors were interviewed about the patients' state of health, recurrence of pain, the necessity of further treatments or the occurrence of complications. Five patients died or were lost during follow-up and were thus excluded from the analysis. Freedom of recurrence was estimated using logistic regression analysis using indicator variates for the following three etiologic groups: trauma (55 eyes), MDF (29 eyes) and idiopathic (no established cause; 5 eyes). Overall 89 eyes of 82 patients were followed-up. Average follow-up among failures and non-failures was 51.56 months (standard deviation (SD) 21.22, range 24 to 91) and 95.25 months (SD 15.99, range 35 to 137 months), respectively. Fifty-seven percent were female and the average age at first PTK was 45.3 years (range: 23 to 70 years). During follow-up, there were 25 recurrences and 15 of these patients received a re-PTK. Compared to patients with a traumatic cause of epithelial erosions, the likelihood of experiencing a recurrence was higher in patients with MDF [odds ratio (OR) 5.48; 95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.93 to 15.59; p = 0.001]; the OR was 8.81 (95 % CI 1.27 to 61.32; p = 0.028) for patients with an idiopathic cause. In view of the available evidence, we want to raise the awareness of those managing patients with MDF and idiopathic causes that, in order to control the disease, recurrent PTK treatments are expected to be necessary more often than in cases of traumatic RCE.

  15. Optical correlation using isotropic and anisotropic self diffraction using photorefractive material

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    Buranasiri, Prathan

    For two incident optical beams at different angles of incidence, a photorefractive cerium doped barium titanate crystal can facilitate different configurations of self-diffraction into higher orders. These configurations can be classified as isotropic and anisotropic, co-directional and contra-directional. Sometimes, a higher order resulting from an incident diverging object beam may comprise a converging beam, which then has the property of phase conjugation. Photorefractive fanning plays an important role in all these self-diffraction configurations. In this dissertation, we first explore the first higher order generated by forward three wave mixing. Only one higher order is observed when one of the incident beams is perpendicular to the surface of incidence. Not only the energy transfer via the first order grating has been observed but the energy transfer via the second order grating has been observed as well. With the angle between two incident beams less than 0.015 radians, the second configuration of self-diffraction has been investigated. With this configuration, codirectional isotropic self-diffraction (CODIS) and contradirectional isotropic self diffraction (CONDIS) have been observed. Phase conjugated beams which are responsible for CONDIS are the composite of mutual pumped phase conjugate (MPPC) and self pumped phase conjugate (SPPC). Due to the fanning effect, CONDIS usually forms before CODAS. In general, energy transfer between incident beams and CONDIS and CODIS occurs via first order and higher order gratings. For certain large but specific angles between the two incident extraordinarily polarized beams, it is possible to obtain anisotropic self-diffraction into ordinarily polarized higher orders. This third configuration for self-diffraction, called codirectional anisotropic self-diffraction (CODAS), can be generated most efficiently for the Bragg-matched case, although we have also observed CODAS with Bragg mismatch. In addition, CODAS has been

  16. Surgical correction of moderate myopia: which method should you choose? I. Radial keratotomy will always have a place.

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    Rowsey, J J; Morley, W A

    1998-01-01

    This set of "Viewpoints" articles examines the relative merits of radial keratotomy (RK), photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Drs. Rowsey and Morley review advances in RK techniques, long-term results, and complications, and explain why RK will remain a viable method for correction of moderate myopia, notably its minimal cost. Drs. Steinert and Bafna review both PRK and LASIK, discussing techniques and results and comparing their advantages and disadvantages with each other and with RK. Dr. Dutton, as "Viewpoints" section editor, summarizes clinical, technologic, and economic aspects of all three techniques, concluding that all will find a place among refractive surgeons for some time to come.

  17. Enhancement in the photorefractive performance of organic composites photosensitized with functionalized CdSe quantum dots

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    Liang, Yichen; Wang, Wei; Moon, Jong-Sik; Winiarz, Jeffrey G.

    2016-08-01

    Enhancement in the photorefractive (PR) performance of organic composites photosensitized by CdSe quantum dots (QCdSe) passivated with the charge-transport ligands, sulfonated triphenyldiamine (STPD), is reported. This enhancement is primarily attributed to the ability of the passivating ligand, STPD, to facilitate the charge-transfer process between the QCdSe and the triphenyldiamine (TPD) charge-transport matrix. The PR composites exhibited a maximum photocharge-generation efficiency of 0.9% and two-beam coupling gain coefficient of 110 cm-1. These figures of merit represent a significant improvement over similar composites photosensitized with more conventional trioctylphosphine oxide-passivated QCdSe (TQCdSe). Moreover, composites photosensitized with SQCdSe had a faster response time of τ = 128 ms at an electric field of 60 V/μm compared with τ = 982 ms for those containing TQCdSe. Because of the molecular similarity between the STPD passivating groups and the TPD-based charge-transport matrix, concentrations of up to 1.4 wt% of SQCdSe are achieved in PR composites without any detectable phase separation, a considerable improvement over the 0.7 wt% for TQCdSe.

  18. High T(g) photorefractive polymers: influence of the chromophores' beta tensor.

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    Acebal, P; Blaya, S; Carretero, L

    2004-11-01

    In this paper we study the effect of the chromophores' beta tensor active components on the diffraction efficiency of a high T(g) photorefractive polymer. In particular, we study the two simplest structures with nonvanishing dipole moment, the one-dimension push-pull systems, and the Lambda-shaped chromophores. We have developed a model that relate the diffraction efficiency expression with experimental conditions and microscopic properties of the molecules used. Using this model we determine the optimum experimental conditions for both kinds of chromophores and the criteria for the design of chromophores with improved microscopic properties. The model was also used to evaluate the diffraction efficiency of the chromophore Disperse Red 1 (DR1) with a good agreement with experimental data present in bibliography, and of other chromophores selected with the criteria derived from the model, using quantum mechanical calculations to obtain the microscopic properties. Using the designed chromophores diffraction efficiencies more than one order of magnitude higher than that calculated for DR1 with the experimental conditions has been obtained in simulations. These chromophores also exhibit a low dependency of eta on the electric field polarization in contrast to the DR1 or the low T(g) photoreactive materials.

  19. Simulating Photo-Refraction Images of Keratoconus and Near-Sightedness Eyes

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    Baker, Kevin; Lewis, James W. L.; Chen, Ying-Ling

    2004-11-01

    Keratoconus is an abnormal condition of the eye resulting from cone-shaped features on the cornea that degrade the quality of vision. These corneal features result from thinning and subsequent bulging due to intraocular pressure. The abnormal corneal curvature increases the refractive power asymmetrically and can be misdiagnosed by examiners as astigmatism and nearsightedness. Since corrective treatment is possible, early detection of this condition is desirable. Photo-refraction (PR) detects the retinal irradiance reflected from a single light source and is an inexpensive method used to identify refractive errors. For near- (far-) sighted eye, a crescent appears on the same (opposite) side of the light source. The capability of a PR device to detect keratoconus and to differentiate this condition from myopia was investigated. Using a commercial optical program, synthetic eye models were constructed for both near-sighted and keratoconus eyes. PR images of various eye conditions were calculated. The keratoconus cone shapes were modeled with typical published cone locations and sizes. The results indicate significant differences between the images of keratoconus and near-sighted eyes.

  20. Photorefractive organic glasses based on a new chromophore with minimized aggregation tendency

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    Wortmann, Ruediger W.; Redi-Abshiro, Mesfin; Roesch, Ulrich; Yao, Sheng; Wuerthner, Frank

    2002-11-01

    A photorefractive (PR) organic glass based on the chromophore IDOP-20 is reported. The electronic structure of this merocyanine dye was tuned close to the cyanine limit to optimize the anisotropy of the linear polarizability δα and to achieve a large PR figure-of-merit. The carefully chosen aliphatic side chains of the chromophore prevent dipolar aggregation even at very high concentrations in liquid solution and provide excellent compatibility with polymer matrices. IDOP-20 also forms a stable glass with glass transition temperature of Tg=58o C. Mixtures with the plasticizer DPP were prepared to adjust the glass transition temperature close to room temperature. Such mixtures showed PR response after sensitization with TNFM where sensitization occurred through a CT band between TNFM and IDOP-20 and charge transport was supported by the multifunctional by IDOP-20. A PR glass of composition IDOP-20:DPP:TNFM 69:30:1 wt% was studied by a complete set of holographic-optical experiments (two-beam coupling and four-wave mixing), (photo)conductivity measurements and ellipsometric measurements. The performance of the new PR glasses is discussed with respect to similar materials based on the ATOP chromophore. The (mono-exponential) response time of the material is strongly temperature dependent and limited by chromophore reorientation.

  1. Temperature dependence on the grating formation in a low-Tg polymeric photorefractive composite.

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    Oh, Jin-Woo; Joo, Won-Jae; Moon, In Kyu; Choi, Chil-Sung; Kim, Nakjoong

    2009-02-12

    We investigated a dependence of the grating formation on the temperature in polymeric photorefractive (PR) composite, in terms of magnitude and buildup speed of the PR grating. For polymeric PR materials, the temperature is one of the most important factors together with the external electric field because it is closely related on photocharge generation efficiency, mobility of generated carrier, electro-optic coefficient tensor, and so on. Above the glass transition temperature, the diffraction efficiency of degenerate four-wave mixing decreased with increasing the temperature; it can be explained with the magnitude of space-charge field and the electro-optic behavior at different temperatures. The space-charge field decreased linearly with increasing temperature due to a decrease in the photocharge generation efficiency and an increase in the hole detrapping by the high dark conductivity. Also as we expected, the PR grating buildup speed, which is strongly dependent on the photoconductivity, steeply decreased with increasing the temperature, and its tendency was similar to the temperature dependence of the phase shift.

  2. Investigation of reflectance gratings in PVK-based photorefractive polymers by photo-EMF and self-diffraction techniques

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    Stepanov, Serguei I.; Ramos-Garcia, Ruben; Camacho-Pernas, V.; Mansurova, Svetlana; Bittner, Reinhard; Meerholz, Klaus

    2002-01-01

    We report on simultaneous characterization of space charge gratings in photorefractive PVK-based polymer films by means of photo-EMF and Two-Wave Mixing (TWM) of periodically phase modulated beams. 100 micron thick samples of a polymer DMNPAA:PVK:ECZ:TNF with chromophore (DMNPAA) concentration of 5 wt% were investigated at (lambda) equals 633 nm in reflectance configuration. The amplitudes of the unshifted (i.e. drift induced) and the shifted (i.e. diffusion or saturation induced) components of the photorefractive space- charge field grating were evaluated directly by detection of the fundamental and the second harmonic of the TWM signal and indirectly from the corresponding harmonics of the photo-EMF current. The unshifted grating component exhibited approximately linear dependence on the externally applied dc field E0 and had an amplitude close to E0, which can be interpreted as absence of any remarkable saturation of trapping centers associated with photorefractive recording. Also growing with E0, the amplitude of the shifted component did not depend on the applied field direction, but was nearly as big as the unshifted component for the external fields of about approximately equals 50 V/micrometers . We interpret these facts as well as an experimentally observed double change of sign fo the fundamental harmonic photo-EMF signal with the external field as a result of dramatic growth of the Einstein ratio D/(mu) (relating diffusion coefficient D and mobility (mu) of the photogenerated carriers) - at least up to 1 V for the external dc field mentioned above. This allows us to address the observed shifted component as an external field enhanced diffusion grating, rather than the result of trapping centers saturation. Additionally, the (mu) (tau) product for dominating photocarriers (holes) was evaluated as approximately equals 0.3*10- 10 cm2/V from the photo-EMF measurements.

  3. Mutual transformation of light waves by reflection holograms in photorefractive crystals of the 4-bar 3m symmetry

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    Naunyka, V. N.; Shepelevich, V. V.

    2011-05-15

    The mutual transformation of light waves in the case of their simultaneous diffraction from a bulk reflection phase hologram, which was formed in a cubic photorefractive crystal of the 4-bar 3m symmetry class, has been studied. The indicator surfaces of the polarization-optimized values of the relative intensity of the object wave, which make it possible to determine the amplification of this wave for any crystal cut, are constructed. The linear polarization azimuths at which the energy exchange between the light waves reaches a maximum are found numerically for crystals of different cuts.

  4. Diffraction properties of transmission photorefractive volume gratings in a cerium-doped potassium sodium strontium barium niobate crystal.

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    Liang, B L; Wang, Z Q; Mu, G G; Guan, J H; Cartwright, C M

    1999-09-10

    The diffraction efficiency of volume gratings written by two-wave mixing in a cerium-doped potassium sodium strontium barium niobate (Ce:KNSBN) photorefractive crystal is studied. It is found that the diffraction efficiency strongly depends on the polarization of writing beams and exhibits loop behavior with respect to the fringe modulation. The fringe modulations before and behind the crystal are compared. Modified coupled-wave theory is used to fit the experimental data. This research presents data that are relevant to the application of Ce:KNSBN crystals to holographic recording and optical information processing.

  5. Image correlation using isotropic and anisotropic higher-order generation and mutually pumped phase conjugation in photorefractive barium titanate

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    Buranasiri, Prathan; Banerjee, Partha P.; Polejaev, Vladimir; Sun, Ching-Cherng

    2003-10-01

    Using two beam coupling geometry, high order copropagating and contrapropagating isotropic and copropagating anisotropic self-diffraction are demonstrated using photorefractive cerium doped barium titanate. At small incident angles, typically less than 0.015 radians, both codirectional isotropic self-diffraction (CODIS) and contradirectional isotropic self-diffraction (CONDIS) orders are generated simultaneously. At larger incident angles, typically approximately more than 0.2094 radians, only codirectional anisotropic-self diffraction (CODAS) orders are generated. Ongoing work on image auto/cross correlation results are also shown.

  6. Laser Ultrasonic Thickness Measurements of Very Thick Walls at High Temperatures

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    Kruger, S. E.; Lord, M.; Monchalin, J.-P.

    2006-03-06

    Laser-ultrasonics presents many advantages compared to conventional ultrasonics, but is, generally, considered as less sensitive. As a consequence, laser-ultrasonics should not be adequate for ultrasonic measurements in coarse microstructure materials or measurements of large thicknesses. However, since the generated waves extend to very low frequencies, measurements in such conditions can be successfully performed if a photorefractive interferometer sensitive also to these low frequencies and properly balanced is used for detection. This is demonstrated by measurements of thicknesses up to 100 mm (4'') for various steel grades and at temperatures up to 1250 deg. C.

  7. Empirical variability in the calibration of slope-based eccentric photorefraction

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    Bharadwaj, Shrikant R.; Sravani, N. Geetha; Little, Julie-Anne; Narasaiah, Asa; Wong, Vivian; Woodburn, Rachel; Candy, T. Rowan

    2014-01-01

    Refraction estimates from eccentric infrared (IR) photorefraction depend critically on the calibration of luminance slopes in the pupil. While the intersubject variability of this calibration has been estimated, there is no systematic evaluation of its intrasubject variability. This study determined the within subject inter- and intra-session repeatability of this calibration factor and the optimum range of lenses needed to derive this value. Relative calibrations for the MCS PowerRefractor and a customized photorefractor were estimated twice within one session or across two sessions by placing trial lenses before one eye covered with an IR transmitting filter. The data were subsequently resampled with various lens combinations to determine the impact of lens power range on the calibration estimates. Mean (±1.96 SD) calibration slopes were 0.99 ± 0.39 for North Americans with the MCS PowerRefractor (relative to its built-in value) and 0.65 ± 0.25 Ls/D and 0.40 ± 0.09 Ls/D for Indians and North Americans with the custom photorefractor, respectively. The ±95% limits of agreement of intrasubject variability ranged from ±0.39 to ±0.56 for the MCS PowerRefractor and ±0.03 Ls/D to ±0.04 Ls/D for the custom photorefractor. The mean differences within and across sessions were not significantly different from zero (p > 0.38 for all). The combined intersubject and intrasubject variability of calibration is therefore about ±40% of the mean value, implying that significant errors in individual refraction/accommodation estimates may arise if a group-average calibration is used. Protocols containing both plus and minus lenses had calibration slopes closest to the gold-standard protocol, suggesting that they may provide the best estimate of the calibration factor compared to those containing either plus or minus lenses. PMID:23695324

  8. Space-variant optical correlator based on the fractional Fourier transform: implementation by the use of a photorefractive Bi(12)GeO(2(a)) (BGO) holographic filter.

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    Granieri, S; Del Carmen Lasprilla, M; Bolognini, N; Sicre, E E

    1996-12-10

    A space-variant optical correlator is proposed on the basis of the fractional Fourier transform. The optical device uses as a recording medium for the holographic filter a photorefractive Bi(12)GeO(2) (BGO) crystal. The experimental results confirm the shift-variance properties. Some limitations that arise from the volume diffraction are also considered.

  9. INTERACTION OF LASER RADIATION WITH MATTER. LASER PLASMA: Action of the 216-nm fifth harmonic of a Nd:YAP laser on photosensitive germanosilicate glass films

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    Murav'ev, S. V.; Mal'shakova, O. A.; Golant, K. M.; Denisov, A. N.; Mashinsky, V. M.; Sazhin, O. D.

    2003-11-01

    The absorption spectrum, refractive index, and relief of the surface of a germanosilicate glass film are studied upon the non-destructive action of the 216-nm (5.75-eV) fifth harmonic of a repetitively pulsed Nd:YAP laser. It is shown that laser irradiation of films induces a strong photorefractive effect despite the relatively low absorption coefficient. For the 100-mJ cm-2 energy density and above, two-photon process make a noticeable contribution to the absorption of laser radiation at 216 nm. The diffraction efficiency of photoinduced phase gratings achieved ~7×10-3 for the exposure dose ~6 kJ cm-2, which corresponds to the induced refractive index 1.5×10-3. At higher exposure doses, a relief appears on a film surface and the diffraction efficiency of a phase grating is reduced.

  10. Laser-spectroscopy characterization of materials for frequency-agile solid-state laser systems. Final report, 15 Jan 88-14 Jan 91

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    Powell, R.C.

    1991-03-15

    This research involves the use of laser spectroscopy techniques to investigate materials which include laser crystals such as Cr{sup 3+}-doped alexandrite, emerald, garnets, and glass ceramics as well as Nd{sup 3+}-doped garnets and germinates and Ho{sup 3+}-doped fluorides. In addition, photorefractive processes were studied in potassium niobate crystals and in rare earth doped glasses. Some of the results of major importance from this work are: (1) The characterization of the properties of laser-induced gratings in glasses; (2) The elucidation of the effects of dopant ions on the photorefractive response of potassium niobate; (3) The observation of a new type of picosecond nonlinear optical response in potassium niobate associated with scattering from a Nb hopping mode; (4) The characterization of the properties of energy migration and radiationless relaxation processes in Cr{sup 3+} doped laser crystals; (5) The characterization of the pumping dynamics and lasing properties of Ho{sup 3+} in BaYb{sub 2}F{sub 8}; and (6) The characterization of the pumping dynamics and lasing properties of several Nd{sup 3+}-doped crystals.

  11. Laser Materials and Laser Spectroscopy - A Satellite Meeting of IQEC '88

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    Wang, Zhijiang; Zhang, Zhiming

    1989-03-01

    * Mixing Frequency Generation of 271.0 - 291.5 nm in β - BaB2O4 * Low Temperature Absorption Steps Near Ultraviolet Intrinsic Edge in Beta Barium Metaborate * The Growth and Properties of BaTiO3 Crystals * High-order Phenomena Accompanied with Self-pumped Phase Conjugation in BaTiO * Growth and Laser Damage Estimation of Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate Crystals for Laser Fusion * Noncritically Phase-matched KTP for Diode-pumped Lasers (400-700 nm) * Potassium Titanyl Phosphate (KTP): Properties and New Applications * A Kind of New Defect in KTP Crystal and its SHG Enhanced Effect * Nucleation and Growth of the Non-linear Optical Crystal Potassium Pentaborate Tetrahydrate * Quasi-periodic Oscillations in Photoinduced Conical Light Scattering from LiNbO3 : Fe Crystals * Laser Excited Photoreflectance of GaxIn1-xAs/InP Multiple Quantum Wells * Growth, Spectroscopic Properties and Applications of Doped LiNbO3 Crystals * Photorefractive and Photovoltaic Effect in Doped LiNbO3 * Recent Advances in Photorefractive Nonlinear Optics * Study on the Doubling-frequency and Anti-photorefractive Property of Heavily Magnesium-doped Lithium-rich Lithium Niobate Crystals * A New Technique for Increasing Two-wave Mixing Gain in Photorefractive Bi12SiO20 Crystals * Experimental Proof: There Existing Another Mechanism of Photorefractive Index in Crystal Ce-SBN * Effect of Crystal Annealing on Holographic Recording in Bismuth Silicon Oxide * Two Wave Coupling in KNbO3 Photorefractive Crystal * Photorefractive Effects in Nd-Doped Ferroelectric (KxNa1-x)0.4-(SryBa1-y)0.8 Nb2O6 Single Crystal * High Pressure Raman Spectra and the Effect of Pressure to the Ferroelastic Phase Transition in LnP5O15 * Time-delay Four-wave Mixing with Incoherent Light in Absorption Bands Treated as a Multi-level System * Pulsed Laser Induced Dislocation Structure in Lithium Fluoride Single Crystals * Laser Spectroscopy * Nonclassical Radiation from Single-atom Oscillators * Laser Spectroscopic Studies of Molecules in

  12. Spectroscopic investigation of materials for frequency-agile laser systems. Final report, 15 January 1982-14 January 1985

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    Powell, R.C.

    1985-01-01

    This research involves the use of laser-spectroscopy techniques such as four-wave mixing, multiphoton absorption, time-resolved site-selection spectroscopy, and holography to characterize dynamical optical processes such as energy transfer, exciton migration, radiation-less relaxation, and the photorefractive effect. In addition, a significant effort was spent in the synthesis and characterization of new types of materials for tunable laser applications. The materials investigated include alexandrite, titanium-doped sapphire, lithium niobate, neodymium pentaphosphate, rhodium-doped rubidium calcium fluoride, manganese silicate, and neodymium-doped garnet crystals and glasses.

  13. Acousto-optical imaging using a powerful long pulse laser

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    Rousseau, Guy; Blouin, Alain; Monchalin, Jean-Pierre

    2008-06-01

    Acousto-optical imaging is an emerging biodiagnostic technique which provides an optical spectroscopic signature and a spatial localization of an optically absorbing target embedded in a strongly scattering medium. The transverse resolution of the technique is determined by the lateral extent of ultrasound beam focal zone while the axial resolution is obtained by using short ultrasound pulses. Although very promising for medical diagnostic, the practical application of this technique is presently limited by its poor sensitivity. Moreover, any method to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio must obviously satisfy the in vivo safety limits regarding the acceptable power level of both the ultrasonic pressure wave and the laser beam. In this paper, we propose to improve the sensitivity by using a pulsed single-frequency laser source to raise the optical peak power applied to the scattering medium and to collect more ultrasonically tagged photons. Such a laser source also allows illuminating the tissues mainly during the transit time of the ultrasonic wave to maintain the average optical power below the maximum permissible exposure. In our experiment, a single-frequency Nd:YAG laser emitting 500-μs pulses with a peak power superior to 100 W was used. Photons were tagged in few-cm thick optical phantoms with tone bursts generated by an ultrasonic transducer. Tagged photons were detected with a GaAs photorefractive interferometer characterized by a large optical etendue to process simultaneously a large number of speckle grains. When pumped by high intensity laser pulses, such an interferometer also provides the fast response time essential to obtain an apparatus insensitive to the speckle decorrelation due to mechanical vibrations or tissues movements. The use of a powerful long pulse laser appears promising to enhance the signal level in ultrasound modulated optical imaging. When combined with a photorefractive interferometer of large optical etendue, such a source could

  14. Charge carrier photogeneration, trapping, and space-charge field formation in PVK-based photorefractive materials

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    Däubler, T. K.; Bittner, R.; Meerholz, K.; Cimrová, V.; Neher, D.

    2000-05-01

    We studied the dark conductivity (jdark), the photoconductivity (jphoto), and the charge carrier photogeneration efficiency η of poly(N-vinylcarbazole)-based photorefractive (PR) materials with different glass-transition temperatures (Tg) and chromophore content (ρCHR). Measurements were carried out at wavelengths similar to those used in degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) and two-beam coupling (2BC) experiments. Both thick (37 μm) and thin samples (~1 μm) were analyzed. Photoconductivity experiments at different temperatures show that both jdark and jphoto are thermally activated. For jdark the activation is not related to the glass-transition temperature of the blends, whereas photocurrents exhibit a universal behavior with respect to Tr=Tg-T. The charge carrier photogeneration efficiency η was measured by xerographic discharge experiments. η was found to be independent of both Tg and of ρCHR. The photoconductivity gain factor G defined as the number of charge carriers measured in photoconductivity in relation to the number of carriers initially photogenerated as determined by the xerographic experiments is used to compare the results of photoconductivity and xerographic discharge experiments. G is found to be much smaller than unity even for thin samples, which indicates that the mean free path of the photogenerated charge carriers is less than 1 μm at photoelectrical equilibrium. Using Schildkraut's model for the space-charge field formation in organic PR materials, trap densities Ti of approximately 1017 cm-3 could be derived from G. The field and temperature dependence of Ti is independent of ρCHR and might account for the universal Tr dependence of jphoto. The estimated trap densities are used to calculate the first-order Fourier component of the space-charge field in the PR materials illuminated with a sinusoidal intensity pattern. Modifying Schildkraut's model so that the tilt between the applied electric field and the index of refraction grating

  15. Excimer laser treatment of corneal surface pathology: a laboratory and clinical study.

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    Gartry, D.; Kerr Muir, M.; Marshall, J.

    1991-01-01

    The argon fluoride excimer laser emits radiation in the far ultraviolet part of the electromagnetic spectrum (193 nm). Each photon has high individual energy. Exposure of materials or tissues with peak absorption around 193 nm results in removal of surface layers (photoablation) with extremely high precision and minimal damage to non-irradiated areas. This precision is confirmed in a series of experiments on cadaver eyes and the treatment of 25 eyes with anterior corneal disease (follow-up 6 to 30 months). Multiple zone excimer laser superficial keratectomy is considered the treatment of choice for rough, painful corneal surfaces. All patients in this group were pain-free postoperatively. Where good visual potential exists, ablation of a single axial zone is recommended and results in improved visual acuity and reduction of glare. A hyperopic shift was noted in this group. Images PMID:1817467

  16. Self-deflection suppression of bright spatial solitons in absorbing photovoltaic photorefractive crystals by periodic diffusion management

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    Zheng, Cheng-Zhang; Luo, Man-Qiao; Lin, Guang; Cui, Hu; Luo, Ai-Ping

    2017-03-01

    The propagation behavior of bright spatial solitons under the diffusion effect in photovoltaic (PV) photorefractive (PR) crystals poled periodically is investigated by considering the optical absorption of the crystals. The numerical simulations show that, soliton beams follow a wiggling trajectory under the combined influence of the crystal absorption and the diffusion effect which is properly managed by designing the periodic domain inversion structure of periodically poled PV PR crystals. Moreover, the oscillation amplitude of the wiggling trajectory of a low-intensity soliton decreases gradually with the propagation distance, but the situation for a high-intensity soliton is contrary. Furthermore, the recursive equations describing the propagation trajectory are formulated and the analytical result of the propagation trajectory is in good agreement with the numerical one. The research results contribute to enriching the dynamics of PR spatial solitons and provide a method to suppress the self-deflection of soliton beams arising from the diffusion effect.

  17. Impact of surface plasmon polaritons on photorefractive effect in dye doped liquid crystal cells with ZnSe interlayers.

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    Xue, Tingyu; Zhao, Hua; Meng, Cuiling; Fu, Jiayin; Zhang, Jingwen

    2014-08-25

    Great impact of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) on photorefractive effect in ZnSe/liquid crystal interface was observed and studied in dye pyrromethane 597 doped 4,4'-n-pentylcyanobiphenyl (5CB) liquid crystal (LC) cells sandwiched with ZnSe coated ITO glass plates. Locally electrostatic modification of ZnSe in charge carrier density makes possible visible light excitation of SPPs in the LC/ZnSe interfaces. A tentative physical picture of SPP mediation was proposed in elucidating associated findings, including photoinduced scattering enhancement at low electric field and then reduction at high field, stepwise up- and down-turns in exponential gain coefficient, and 2D diffraction patterns. This work may open a new way toward tunable low-loss visible excitation of SPPs for plasmonic applications, specifically for organic plasmonics.

  18. Time Measurement of Local Photorefractive Response of a Medium Using the π Shift of an Interference Pattern

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    Kozhevnikov, N. M.

    2016-03-01

    A method for the measurement of the recording/erasing time of dynamic phase gratings that are recorded by phase-modulated beams in photorefractive medium with local response is presented. The method is based on the detection of the intensity modulation of output beams in the course of rerecording of the grating after a shift of the interference pattern by one-half of spatial period. It is demonstrated that a relatively high sensitivity of the method is due to the selective detection of signals at a high frequency and a high efficiency of energy exchange of the recording beams in comparison with the diffraction of the probe beam. The application of the method in dynamic holographic seismographs is discussed.

  19. Simultaneous holographic and photocurrent studies of the photorefractive effect in LiTaO3 and LiNbO3

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    Spinhirne, J. M.; Ang, D.; Joiner, C. S.; Estle, T. L.

    1977-01-01

    In reduced LiNbO3:Mn both the photorefractive sensitivity and the simultaneously measured photocurrent result from drift with a polarization-dependent effective 'internal field' of about 6 kV/cm. In reduced undoped LiTaO3 the observed difference in applied fields of the minimum photorefractive sensitivity and zero photocurrent imply charge transport is by a mechanism that cannot be completely described by diffusion and drift in an electric field. The direct measurement of the harmonic content of phase gratings written in several LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 crystals shows termination of charge-transport results from the space-charge field of the hologram.

  20. Holographic recording and characterization of photorefractive Bi{sub 2}TeO{sub 5} crystals at 633 nm wavelength light

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    Oliveira, Ivan de

    2014-04-28

    We report on the holographic recording on photorefractive Bi{sub 2}TeO{sub 5} crystals using λ=633 nm wavelength light. We studied the behavior of this material under the action of this low photonic energy light and found out the presence of a fast and a slow hologram, both of photorefractive nature and exhibiting rather high diffraction efficiencies. The faster and the slower holograms are based on the excitation and diffusion of oppositely charged carriers (likely electrons and holes). Relevant parameters for the photoactive centers responsible for both kind of holograms were characterized using purely holographic techniques. No evidences of non-photosensitive ionic charge carriers being involved in the recording process at room temperature nor self-fixing effects were found.

  1. Two-wave mixing of ion-implanted photorefractive waveguides in near-stoichiometric Fe:LiNbO 3 crystals

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    Peng, Baogang; Chen, Feng; Tan, Yang; Kip, Detlef

    2011-04-01

    We report on the two-wave mixing of light in photorefractive waveguides in H ion-implanted Fe-doped near-stoichiometric lithium niobate crystals. For pump light of 632.8 nm wavelength a gain coefficient as high as 15 cm -1 is found. A response time of the order of a few seconds is achieved for micro-watt input powers.

  2. Refractive surgery: the future of perfect vision?

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    Fong, C S

    2007-08-01

    The history of refractive eye surgery is recent, but has seen rapid advancement. Older technologies, such as radial keratectomy, had the problem of overcorrection and epithelial complications. Newer technologies, such as photorefractive keratectomy, laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and laser-assisted subepithelial keratomileusis (LASEK), which require the use of laser, has revolutionised eye surgery. However, there are complications, such as corneal hazing, postoperative pain, regression, and poorer correction for high myopes. If not contraindicated, wavefront analysis and femtosecond laser are useful adjuncts to laser photoablation for better visual results. Wavefront analysis improves the precision of laser photoablation by measuring the individual's wavefront aberrations, while femtosecond laser offers an instrument-free means of creating the corneal hinge. Lastly, implantation of intraocular lenses, with or without extraction of the crystalline lens, provides an alternative to laser photoablation for the treatment of high myopia. Clear lens exchange offers refractive correction to presbyopes and people with cataracts. However, complications, such as endothelial cell loss, cataract formation and retinal detachment, exist. In conclusion, refractive eye surgery provides an alternative to wearing spectacles or contact lenses. However, potential patients must be warned of the complications and long-term effects on the eyes.

  3. A multiplexed two-wave mixing interferometer for laser ultrasonic measurements of material anisotropy

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    Zhou, Yi; Murray, Todd W.; Krishnaswamy, Sridhar

    2002-05-01

    A method to optically measure ultrasonic displacements simultaneously over an array of detection points has been developed. Optical phase gratings are used to create a detection-array of laser beams that are directed to the specimen. The detection array can be arranged in several ways on the test object. The scattered beams from the detection-array are collected and combined with a single reference beam in a photorefractive crystal to from a multiplexed two-wave mixing (MTWM) configuration. Each of the output beams from the photorefractive crystal is imaged on to a separate element of a photodetector array. The resulting MTWM system is capable of providing simultaneous optical detection (with high spatial resolution and sub-nanometer displacement sensitivities) at several points on a test object. The MTWM system can be used in several modes for laser ultrasonic NDE of flaws and materials characterization. In this paper, the MTWM is used to characterize material anisotropy. Surface acoustic waves (SAWs) are generated using a pulsed laser focused to a point on a test object. The resulting SAW propagation is monitored optically simultaneously at 8 points arranged circularly around the generating spot. The scattered beams from the eight detection points are processed simultaneously in the MTWM setup. The group velocity slowness curve is obtained directly from the measured signals from the MTWM array. Results are shown for silicon and quartz. It is shown that the MTWM enables rapid experimental determination of material anisotropy.

  4. Results of phototherapeutic keratectomy in the management of flap striae after LASIK before and after developing a standardized protocol: long-term follow-up of an expanded patient population.

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    Ashrafzadeh, Amin; Steinert, Roger F

    2007-06-01

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) for treatment of striae in LASIK flaps. Retrospective consecutive series. Forty-seven eyes of 44 patients with flap striae after LASIK with reduced best-corrected visual acuity (VA) or visual symptoms with at least 3 months' follow-up (consecutive cases from January 2001 to May 2004). Transepithelial PTK. Uncorrected VA (UCVA), best spectacle-corrected VA (BSCVA), resolution or reduction of preoperative symptoms, and corneal haze. Mean UCVA and BSCVA improved from 20/43 and 20/29 to 20/33 and 20/23, respectively. Five eyes (10%) developed 1+ haze and 14 eyes (30%) developed trace haze, generally peaking at 1 to 2 months postoperatively. No visual symptoms or loss of acuity were attributable to haze. A mean hyperopic shift of +0.80 diopters (D) occurred after PTK treatment. Development of a standardized protocol significantly reduced the variability of the refractive shift after PTK (P = 0.003). Results were stable in up to 2 years of follow-up. Phototherapeutic keratectomy treatment of LASIK flaps is well tolerated, with stable outcomes and minimal complications. A standardized treatment protocol reduced postoperative refractive variability.

  5. Lithium niobate miniature lasers and single-crystal fibers

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    Cordova-Plaza, A.

    1988-01-01

    LiNbO{sub 3} is a widely used optical material because of its excellent electro-optic and nonlinear properties. By doping LiNbO{sub 3} with an active ion such as Nd, laser oscillation and amplification are added to the panoply of LiNbO{sub 3} device possibilities. Furthermore, by providing LiNbO{sub 3} devices with the waveguide confinement of single-crystal fibers, their performance can be significantly improved. Chapter 1 introduces the subject. Chapter 2 is devoted to miniature continuous-wave Nd:MgO:LiNbO{sub 3} lasers. Important results are the first demonstration of room-temperature, true continuous-wave laser oscillation in Nd-doped LiNbO{sub 3} and the first demonstration of diode-pumped laser action in this material. The Nd:MgO:LiNbO{sub 3} lasers exhibited pump power thresholds (1.9 mW) and slope efficiencies (45%) that are among the state-of-the-art in solid state lasers. Chapter 2 also contains a detailed study on photoconductivity. It explains how the addition of MgO eliminates photorefractive damage. Chapter 3 studies Q-switched laser operation in Nd:MgO:LiNbO{sub 3}. Q-switching consists of generating very intense, nanosecond pulses by rapidly switching the cavity loss.

  6. Study of nonlinear-optical characteristics of photorefractive BSO and BGO crystals

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    Ganeev, R A; Tugushev, R I; Usmanov, T; Ryasnyanskii, A I; Kodirov, M K; Akhmedzhanov, F R

    2004-02-28

    Nonlinear refraction, nonlinear absorption, and optical limitation are studied in Bi{sub 12}SiO{sub 20} (BSO) and Bi{sub 12}GeO{sub 20}(BGO) crystals at the 532-nm emission wavelength of a picosecond Nd : YAG laser. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  7. Myopic keratomileusis by excimer laser on a lathe.

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    Ganem, S; Aron-Rosa, D; Gross, M; Rosolen, S

    1994-01-01

    We designed an excimer laser keratomileusis delivery system to increase the regularity of the refractive cut surface and allow greater precision in the level and shape of the ablated zone. A parallel faced corneal disc was produced by microkeratectomy from six human eyes and surgical keratectomy in 12 beagle corneas. A 193-nanometer excimer laser that was used to project an oval beam onto the corneal disc was rotated on a flat surface to ensure overlapping of the ovally ablated areas between pulses. Electron microscopy of eye bank lenticules demonstrated a circular smooth regularly concave ablation zone. Histological examination of nine clear corneas confirmed thinning of the stroma without fibroblastic reaction and no epithelial hypertrophy. Mean preoperative corneal power of 43.15 +/- 2.18 decreased postoperatively to 33.61 +/- 2.34. The new technique of excimer laser keratomileusis has the advantage of a cut surface smoother and the clear zone is devoid of the stepwise concavity and irregularity seen in diaphragm based photoablation delivery systems.

  8. Nd:MgO:LiNbO sub 3 channel waveguide laser devices

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    Lallier, E.; Pocholle, J.P.; Papuchon, M. ); De Micheli, M.; Li, M.J.; He, Q.; Ostrowsky, D.B. ); Grezes-Besset, C.; Pelletier, E. )

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on the fabrication and efficient CW operation at 1.085 {mu}m of Nd:MgO:LiNbO{sub 3} proton-exchanged channel waveguide lasers and amplifiers optically pumped at 0.814 {mu}m. Thresholds as low as 1.5 mW and slope efficiencies up to 34% were achieved in monolithic miniature laser devices. Up to 14 MW of output power could be achieved without observation of photorefractive damage. Diode laser pumping was also demonstrated. For the amplifier a small-signal gain of 7.5 dB was achieved for 22 mW of coupled pump power. Experimental results were analyzed with the use of a mode overlap formalism and a value of 0.93 was found for the pump quantum efficiency. Absorption spectra, fluorescence spectra, and lifetime measurements are also reported for the bulk and waveguide material.

  9. Growth and photorefractive properties of Mg, Fe co-doped near-stoichiometric lithium tantalate single crystals

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    Hsu, W. T.; Chen, Z. B.; You, C. A.; Huang, S. W.; Liu, J. P.; Lan, C. W.

    2010-07-01

    Mg, Fe co-doped near-stoichiometric lithium tantalate (SLT) crystals were successfully grown by the zone-leveling Czochralski (ZLCz) technique and the holographic properties were measured by the two-beam coupling method. The fundamental optical properties of crystals were measured by employing the UV-vis-NIR spectrometer and Fourier transformation infrared spectrophotometer as well. By the chemical analysis, the Li/Ta, Mg/Ta and Fe/Ta ratios of the crystals were obtained and the Li/Ta ratios of the crystals were all close to the theoretical limitation of 0.98. In the holographic properties, the recording time constant, erasing time constant, dynamic range, and sensitivity decreased with light intensity; but the maximum diffraction efficiency showed an opposite trend. Furthermore, the diffraction efficiency, dynamic range and sensitivity of the crystals were improved with a relatively higher Fe/Ta ratio. In comparison with Mn-LT crystals, the Mg, Fe co-doped SLT crystal showed the superior photorefractive properties indicating that it could be a promising new material for lifetime holographic data storage.

  10. Simulation of pattern and defect detection in periodic amplitude and phase structures using photorefractive four-wave mixing

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    Nehmetallah, Georges; Banerjee, Partha; Khoury, Jed

    2015-03-01

    The nonlinearity inherent in four-wave mixing in photorefractive (PR) materials is used for adaptive filtering. Examples include script enhancement on a periodic pattern, scratch and defect cluster enhancement, periodic pattern dislocation enhancement, etc. through intensity filtering image manipulation. Organic PR materials have large space-bandwidth product, which makes them useful in adaptive filtering techniques in quality control systems. For instance, in the case of edge enhancement, phase conjugation via four-wave mixing suppresses the low spatial frequencies of the Fourier spectrum of an aperiodic image and consequently leads to image edge enhancement. In this work, we model, numerically verify, and simulate the performance of a four wave mixing setup used for edge, defect and pattern detection in periodic amplitude and phase structures. The results show that this technique successfully detects the slightest defects clearly even with no enhancement. This technique should facilitate improvements in applications such as image display sharpness utilizing edge enhancement, production line defect inspection of fabrics, textiles, e-beam lithography masks, surface inspection, and materials characterization.

  11. Comparative assessment of erbium fiber ring lasers and reflective SOA linear lasers for fiber Bragg grating dynamic strain sensing.

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    Wei, Heming; Krishnaswamy, Sridhar

    2017-05-01

    Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) dynamic strain sensors using both an erbium-based fiber ring laser configuration and a reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA)-based linear laser configuration are investigated theoretically and experimentally. Fiber laser models are first presented to analyze the output characteristics of both fiber laser configurations when the FBG sensor is subjected to dynamic strains at high frequencies. Due to differences in the transition times of erbium and the semiconductor (InP/InGaAsP), erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA)- and RSOA-based fiber lasers exhibit different responses and regimes of stability when the FBG is subjected to dynamic strains. The responses of both systems are experimentally verified using an adaptive photorefractive two-wave mixing (TWM) spectral demodulation technique. The experimental results show that the RSOA-FBG fiber linear cavity laser is stable and can stably respond to dynamic strains at high frequencies. An example application using a multiplexed TWM interferometer to demodulate multiple FBG sensors is also discussed.

  12. New Meta Nanomaterials Extension II of Optical Enhancement and Photorefractive Two-Beam Coupling - Synthesis and Fabrication of Quantum Dot NLO Polymer Composites

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    2015-07-09

    of Quantum Dot NLO Polymer Composites Ronald Ziolo CIQA Final Report 07/09/2015 DISTRIBUTION A: Distribution approved for public release. AF Office...Photorefractive Two-Beam Coupling - Synthesis and Fabrication of Quantum Dot NLO Polymer Composites 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER FA9550-13-1-0171 5c...Composites of CdS quantum dots and a new conjugated polymer were prepared by reacting CdS capped with (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MPS) and a new

  13. Temporal Dynamics of Two Beam Coupling and the Origin of Compensation Photorefractive Gratings in Sn2P2S6:Sb (Postprint)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2017-03-29

    Hypothiodiphosphate (Sn2P2S6, SPS) possesses impressive optical nonlinearities, especially a pronounced photorefractive effect in the red and near...saturates well before the slow grating develops in full (τf τs). The dashed gray lines and solid red line in Fig. 4 show the results of the best fits of...and τs , respectively. Half-filled ( red ) symbols are used for the antimony doped sample K33, while open symbols denote the nominally undoped

  14. ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, ACOUSTICS, HEAT TRANSFER, CLASSICAL MECHANICS, AND FLUID DYNAMICS Temporal Behavior of Low-Amplitude Grey Spatial Solitons in Biased Two-Photon Photorefractive Crystals

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    Jiang, Qi-Chang; Su, Yan-Li; Ji, Xuan-Mang

    2010-12-01

    The temporal property of grey screening spatial solitons due to two-photon photorefractive effect in low-amplitude regime is analyzed. The results indicate that a broad solitons is generated at the beginning, and as time evolves, the intensity width of grey solitons decreases monotonically to a minimum value toward steady state. In the same propagation time, the FWHM of solitons decreases with ρ increasing or m decreasing. Moreover, the formation time of solitons is independent of ρ and m. The time is close to a constant determined by the dielectric relaxation time.

  15. ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, ACOUSTICS, HEAT TRANSFER, CLASSICAL MECHANICS, AND FLUID DYNAMICS: Incoherently Coupled Grey-Grey Spatial Soliton Pairs in Biased Two-Photon Photovoltaic Photorefractive Crystals

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    Su, Yan-Li; Jiang, Qi-Chang; Ji, Xuan-Mang

    2010-05-01

    The incoherently coupled grey-grey screening-photovoltaic spatial soliton pairs are predicted in biased two-photon photovoltaic photorefractive crystals under steady-state conditions. These grey-grey screening-photovoltaic soliton pairs can be established provided that the incident beams have the same polarization, wavelength, and are mutually incoherent. The grey-grey screening-photovoltaic soliton pairs can be considered as the united form of grey-grey screening soliton pairs and open or closed-circuit grey-grey photovoltaic soliton pairs.

  16. Variation of doping-dependent properties in photorefractive SrxBa1-xNb2O6 : Ce, Cr, Ce+Cr

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    Kapphan, S.; Pedko, B.; Trepakov, V.; Savinov, M.; Pankrath, R.; Kislova, I.

    In congruent SrxBa1-xNb2O6 (SBN, x =0.61) the photorefractive properties are significantly enhanced by doping with Ce or Cr. The visible and FIR absorption increases linearly with the dopand concentration up to about 10,000 ppm (p.f.u.) of Ce or Cr or in double doped crystals (Ce+Cr). Simultaneously a decrease of the phase transition temperature T-c from about 253 K in pure SBN to about room temperature for doping concentrations (of Ce, Cr or both) of about 20,000 ppm (p.f.u.) is found.

  17. Coupled electric fields in photorefractive driven liquid crystal hybrid cells - theory and numerical simulation

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    Moszczyński, P.; Walczak, A.; Marciniak, P.

    2016-12-01

    In cyclic articles previously published we described and analysed self-organized light fibres inside a liquid crystalline (LC) cell contained photosensitive polymer (PP) layer. Such asymmetric LC cell we call a hybrid LC cell. Light fibre arises along a laser beam path directed in plane of an LC cell. It means that a laser beam is parallel to photosensitive layer. We observed the asymmetric LC cell response on an external driving field polarization. Observation has been done for an AC field first. It is the reason we decided to carry out a detailed research for a DC driving field to obtain an LC cell response step by step. The properly prepared LC cell has been built with an isolating layer and garbage ions deletion. We proved by means of a physical model, as well as a numerical simulation that LC asymmetric response strongly depends on junction barriers between PP and LC layers. New parametric model for a junction barrier on PP/LC boundary has been proposed. Such model is very useful because of lack of proper conductivity and charge carriers of band structure data on LC material.

  18. Holographic Reflection Filters in Photorefractive LiNbO3 Channel Waveguides

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    Kip, Detlef; Hukriede, Joerg

    Permanent refractive-index gratings in waveguide devices are of considerable interest for optical communication systems that make use of the high spectral selectivity of holographic filters, e.g. dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) or narrow-bandwidth mirrors for integrated waveguide lasers in LiNbO3. Other possible applications include grating couplers and optical sensors. In this contribution we investigate such holographic wavelength filters in Fe- and Cu-doped LiNbO3 channel waveguides. Permanent refractive-index gratings are generated by thermal fixing of holograms in the waveguides. The samples are fabricated by successive in-diffusion of Ti stripes and thin layers of either Fe or Cu. After high-temperature recording with green light, refractive-index changes up to δ, ~10^-4 for infrared light ( 1.55,m) are obtained, resulting in a reflection efficiency well above 99% for a 15 mm-long grating. Several gratings for different wavelengths can be superimposed in the same sample, which may enable the fabrication of more complex filters, laser mirrors or optical sensors. By changing the sample temperature the reflection wavelength can be tuned by thermal expansion of the grating, and wavelength filters can be switched on and off by applying moderate voltages using the electro-optic effect. Furthermore, we report on a new thermal fixing mechanism that does not need any additional development by homogeneous light illumination and therefore does not suffer from the non-vanishing dark conductivity of the material.

  19. Microchip Lasers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2016-10-31

    physics that underlies their performance, typical operating parameters for the devices, and several of their applications . Keywords Composite-cavity...laser, Diode -pumped laser, Laser, Microchip laser, Miniature laser, Monolithic laser, Passively Q-switched laser, Q-switched laser, Saturable...cavity mirrors are deposited directly on the gain medium and the laser is pumped with a diode laser, either directly, as shown in Fig. 1, or via an

  20. Spatio-temporal operator formalism for holographic recording and diffraction in a photorefractive-based true-time-delay phased-array processor.

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    Kiruluta, Andrew; Pati, Gour S; Kriehn, Gregory; Silveira, Paulo E X; Sarto, Anthony W; Wagner, Kelvin

    2003-09-10

    We present a spatio-temporal operator formalism and beam propagation simulations that describe the broadband efficient adaptive method for a true-time-delay array processing (BEAMTAP) algorithm for an optical beamformer by use of a photorefractive crystal. The optical system consists of a tapped-delay line implemented with an acoustooptic Bragg cell, an accumulating scrolling time-delay detector achieved with a traveling-fringes detector, and a photorefractive crystal to store the adaptive spatio-temporal weights as volume holographic gratings. In this analysis, linear shift-invariant integral operators are used to describe the propagation, interference, grating accumulation, and volume holographic diffraction of the spatio-temporally modulated optical fields in the system to compute the adaptive array processing operation. In addition, it is shown that the random fluctuation in time and phase delays of the optically modulated and transmitted array signals produced by fiber perturbations (temperature fluctuations, vibrations, or bending) are dynamically compensated for through the process of holographic wavefront reconstruction as a byproduct of the adaptive beam-forming and jammer-excision operation. The complexity of the cascaded spatial-temporal integrals describing the holographic formation, and subsequent readout processes, is shown to collapse to a simple imaging condition through standard operator manipulation. We also present spatio-temporal beam propagation simulation results as an illustrative demonstration of our analysis and the operation of a BEAMTAP beamformer.