Benchmarking Femtosecond Lasers
What does analysis of the last five years of literature on femtosecond lasers tell us about the priorities of the field, and the major contributors to it?
Although the femtosecond laser is a relatively new tool in ophthalmology, its versatility and precision have seen it used for a range of applications in anterior segment surgery, such as laser capsulotomy, the creation of corneal flaps for LASIK, corneal incisions for keratoplasy and lens fragmentation. Although the price tag means it isn’t accessible to everyone, the costs of femtosecond lasers have been falling, and its number of applications keep expanding.
To provide insight into the past and predictions for the future of the field, a series of metrics were applied to the last five years of published literature.
- What are the major topics for the field?
- Which publications have the greatest impact?
- How is the knowledge available online?
- Who are the most prolific authors?
PubMed was searched for femtosecond lasers AND eye, with results limited to the last five year, in humans (for a clinical focus). The data were analyzed in Microsoft Excel 2013.