Accession Number : AD1013805

Title :   Significance of Retinal Lesions Potentially Caused by Dazzling Lasers

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Nov 2015,01 Dec 2015

Corporate Author : Institute for Defense Analyses Alexandria

Personal Author(s) : Hirsch,Leon R ; Holzer,Jenny R ; Finnin,Michael S ; Cazares,Shelley M

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Report Date : 01 Dec 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 87

Abstract : Some non-lethal weapons (NLWs) like dazzling lasers employ light at a specific wavelength. Theoretically, there is a risk that this light could cause a retinal lesion leading to permanent vision impairment. Per Department of Defense Instruction(DoDI) 3200.19, an injury caused by a NLW, such as a retinal lesion, is considered significant if self-aid, buddy-aid, and combat lifesaver skills are insufficient to treat the injury or if the injury results in death or physical damage that restricts the employment or other activities of the person for the rest of his or her life. The objective of this project was to search the relevant literature to identify attributes of a retinal lesion that can quantitatively, accurately, and precisely predict the significance of the lesion.

Descriptors :   nonlethal weapons , retinal diseases , lasers , visual acuity , vision , eye

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE