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The new methods of treatment for age-related macular degeneration using the ultra–short pulsed laser
Author(s): Yumiko Iwamoto; Kunio Awazu; Sachiko Suzuki; Tetsuro Ohshima; Miki Sawa; Hirokazu Sakaguchi; Yasuo Tano; Masahito Ohji
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Paper Abstract

The non-invasive methods of treatments have been studying for the improvement of quality of life (QOL) of patients undergoing treatment. A photodynamic therapy (PDT) is one of the non-invasive treatments. PDT is the methods of treatment using combination of a laser and a photosensitizer. PDT has few risks for patients. Furthermore, PDT enables function preservation of a disease part. PDT has been used for early cancer till now, but in late years it is applied for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is one of the causes of vision loss in older people. However, PDT for AMD does not produce the best improvement in visual acuity. The skin photosensivity by an absorption characteristic of a photosensitizer is avoided. We examined new PDT using combination of an ultra-short pulsed laser and indocyanine green (ICG).

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6435, Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XVIII, 64350U (6 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.701748
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Yumiko Iwamoto, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Kunio Awazu, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Sachiko Suzuki, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Tetsuro Ohshima, Osaka Univ. Medical School (Japan)
Miki Sawa, Osaka Univ. Medical School (Japan)
Hirokazu Sakaguchi, Osaka Univ. Medical School (Japan)
Yasuo Tano, Osaka Univ. Medical School (Japan)
Masahito Ohji, Shiga Univ. of Medical Science (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6435:
Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XVIII
Steven L. Jacques; William P. Roach, Editor(s)

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