Ophthalmological implants are used for the treatment of a variety of conditions, such as glaucoma, uveitis, and cataracts. Naturally, the implant components must be as small as possible. Laser micromachining is essential for miniaturizing implant components with absolute precision.
Some examples of how laser micromachining is used in ophthalmology include:
- Precision milling and hole drilling for glaucoma drainage shunts, drug delivery implants, and intra-ocular lenses.
- Laser drilling of tiny perfusion holes allow nutrients to pass through ocular implants and reach the cornea. Blind channels direct fluid flow and tissue migration.
- Laser cutting can be used to singulate implants without burrs.