Effects of Transscleral Cryotherapy and Diathermy on the Ocular Growth in Rabbits

Translated Titles





何昭德(Jau-Der Ho);楊長豪(Chang-Hao Yang);黃兆康(Jau-Kang Huang);施永豐(Yung-Feng Shih);陳慕師(Muh-Shy Chen);洪伯廷(Por-Tying Hung)

Key Words

Cryotherapy ; diathermy ; ocular growth ; sclera



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

37卷1期(1998 / 03 / 01)

Page #

9 - 16

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

Purpose. To determine the effect of transscleral cryotherapy of diathermy on anterior part of eyeball on ocular growth. Methods. Twenty-four New Zealand White rabbits were used. Transscleral cryotherapy (n=12) or diathermy (n=12) was performed on the right eye of 3-4 weeks old rabbits, the left eye was left untreated for control. Transcleral cryotherapy and diathermy were applied 360° to the retina anterior to the equator, except in areas where the long ciliary arteries and nerves were located. Biometric ocular dimensions (anterior chamber depth, lens thickness, axial length) and intraocular pressure. (IOP) were measured before and then every month until 3 months later. Results. The ocular size of diathermy-treated eyes was significantly smaller than the untreated control eyes from first to third month later (p<0.01). As well, the size of cryotherapy-treated eye was also smaller than control eye, but it was not significantly different on the first and third month (p=0.17). The anterior chamber depth, lens thickness and IOP were not significantly different between treated and untreated eyes. Histological evidence showed the sclera of diathermy area was thinner than the normal sclera, but the cryotherapy was not. Conclusions. The mechanisms of peripheral retinal ablation controlling ocular growth may through both of retinal and scleral effects.

Topic Category 醫藥衛生 > 外科