Journal article

Translimbal laser photocoagulation to the trabecular meshwork as a model of glaucoma in rats.

Hana Levkovitch-Verbin, Harry A Quigley, Keith RG Martin, Danielle Valenta, Lisa A Baumrind, Mary Ellen Pease

Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science | Published : 2002

Abstract

PURPOSE: To develop and characterize a model of pressure-induced optic neuropathy in rats. METHODS: Experimental glaucoma was induced unilaterally in 174 Wistar rats, using a diode laser with wavelength of 532 nm aimed at the trabecular meshwork and episcleral veins (combination treatment group) or only at the trabecular meshwork (trabecular group) through the external limbus. Intraocular pressure (IOP) was measured by a tonometer in rats under ketamine-xylazine anesthesia. Possible retinal vascular compromise was evaluated by repeated fundus examinations and by histology. The degree of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss was assessed by a masked, semiautomated counting of optic nerve axons. Ef..

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