Significance of Retinal Lesions Potentially Caused by Dazzling Lasers
Technical Report,01 Nov 2015,01 Dec 2015
Institute for Defense Analyses Alexandria
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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 InstructionDoDI 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.