Accession Number:

ADA232373

Title:

Contact Lenses in the U.S. Army Attack Helicopter Environment

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

Recent technological advances have had a major impact on military aviation. While modern methods of providing visual information via electro- opticsvisionics systems have extended the aviators operational envelope, these devices are becoming increasingly incompatible with spectacle wear. Since approximately 20 percent of Army aviators are ametropic spectacle wearing, alternative means of providing a refractive error correction need to be investigated. One alternative being considered is the use of a contact lens correction. For the past year, the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory USAARL has been conducting a worldwide, AH-64 Apache contact lens research project in order to develop a comprehensive database on contact lens wear in a variety of environments. A three-tier contact lens fitting system is being used two different types of soft lens and one rigid gas permeable RGP lens type. The wearing schedule is set at a maximum of 7 days6 nights of extended lens wear. Fundamental operational data is being chronicled by unit flight surgeons.

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE