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A method and apparatus for precisely controlling and determining the location of the interaction point of a surgical laser beam, and for controlling the shape of the cornea during ophthalmic surgery. A transparent applanator plate is placed in contact with the cornea of a patient's eye. The applanator plate creates a fixed positional frame of reference from which a laser beam control system can determine the desired point or points at which to focus the surgical laser beam. A surgical tip at the distal end of an articulated arm having flexible joints is placed in contact with the applanator plate and follows any motion of the patient's eye and directs the laser beam to the surgical tip. The applanator plate also provides a means to control the contour of the index of refraction boundary between the corneal epithelium of the patient's eye and the air.

Title
Method and apparatus for ophthalmic surgery
Application Number
7/967253
Publication Number
5549632
Application Date
October 26, 1992
Publication Date
August 27, 1996
Inventor
Shui T Lai
Encinitas
CA, US
Agent
Baker Maxham Jester & Meador
Assignee
Novatec Laser Systems
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/36
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