04326529 is referenced by 388 patents and cites 15 patents.

The disclosure relates to a circulating saline electrode for changing corneal shape in eyes. The electrode comprises a tubular nonconductive electrode housing having an annular expanded base which has a surface substantially matched to a subject corneal surface. A tubular conductive electrode connected to a radiofrequency generating source is disposed within the electrode housing and longitudinally aligned therewith. The electrode has a generally hemispherical head having at least one orifice. Saline solution is circulated through the apparatus and over the cornea to cool the corneal surface while radiofrequency electric current emitted from the electrode flows therefrom through the cornea to a second electrode, on the rear of the head. This current heats the deep corneal stroma and thereby effects corneal reshaping as a biological response to the heat.

Title
Corneal-shaping electrode
Application Number
909865
Publication Number
4326529
Application Date
December 5, 1979
Publication Date
April 27, 1982
Inventor
Richard L Hutson
Los Alamos
NM, US
James D Doss
Los Alamos
NM, US
Agent
Richard G Besha
Paul D Gaetjens
Robert W Weig
Assignee
The United States of America represented by the United States Department of Energy
DC, US
IPC
A61B 17/36
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