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Ocular laser bioeffects in Operation Iraqi Freedom
Author(s): Henry D. Hacker M.D.; Jack Lund; Rachel Cheramie; Bruce E. Stuck
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Paper Abstract

Laser hazards on the modern battlefield include numerous applications with the potential for eye damage from both pulsed and high luminance continuous energy laser devices. The multitude of laser devices deployed both by friendly and threat forces represent a significant hazard to vision, and consequently duty performance. Increased application of high luminance devices for tactical use may result in accidental exposure and temporary or persistent symptoms. These symptoms may be confounded by ongoing ocular retinal disorders. The management of these patients requires additional laser training to prevent injury as well as more experience and training for first responders in order to triage individuals with vision disturbances thought secondary to ocular laser exposure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6844, Ophthalmic Technologies XVIII, 68441P (11 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.764311
Show Author Affiliations
Henry D. Hacker M.D., U.S. Army Medical Research Detachment (United States)
Jack Lund, U.S. Army Medical Research Detachment (United States)
Rachel Cheramie, U.S. Army Medical Research Detachment (United States)
Bruce E. Stuck, U.S. Army Medical Research Detachment (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6844:
Ophthalmic Technologies XVIII
Bruce E. Stuck; Fabrice Manns; Per G. Söderberg; Michael Belkin M.D.; Arthur Ho, Editor(s)

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