Imaging corneal cells using low power laser beams

M. L. Pascu, B. Carstocea, G. Popescu, O. Gafencu, S. Apostol, N. Moise, M. Roman, Sebastian Wachsmann-Hogiu

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A simple method of characterising epithelial and endothelial corneal cells using laser light is presented. A continuous wave helium-neon laser emitting at a wavelength of 632.8 nm and a continuous wave argon laser emitting at 488 and 514.5 nm were used. The cell images obtained were used to calculate the dimensions of the endothelial corneal cells, a typical value being 34-36 μm diameter, with overall measurement errors of ± 21%. An optical mechanism for obtaining images is proposed and comments are made about the possibility of using this method as a diagnostic tool in corneal disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-154
Number of pages7
JournalLasers in Medical Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Cell dimensions
  • Corneal endothelium
  • Corneal epithelium
  • Laser imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Surgery


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