Accession Number:

ADA232095

Title:

Medical Management of Combat Laser Eye Injuries. Revision

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Oct 1986-Oct 1988

Corporate Author:

SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX

Report Date:

1990-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

A medical management report for the treatment of Combat Laser Eye Injuries was written to aid medical personnel in handling patients with suspected laser exposures. Background information on lasers, symptoms, diagnostic tests, clinical findings, treatment recommendations, and return to duty and evacuation criteria are discussed. In addition, the issue of eye protection is considered. The rapid growth of laser science and engineering has resulted in an increased use of lasers by the military. It is likely that in the future engagements lasers will be used directly against our forces, and their effects on the health and mission performance of our aircrews are of particular concern. Since the optics of the eye can increase the retinal irradiance by a factor of, times over that which in incident at the cornea, the retina is especially vulnerable.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE