DID YOU KNOW? DTIC has over 3.5 million final reports on DoD funded research, development, test, and evaluation activities available to our registered users. Click HERE
to register or log in.
Review of Infrared Laser Induced Damage to the Crystalline Lens of the Eye
While there are many studies that examine the damage thresholds for the retina (and to a lesser extent the cornea), few studies examine laser damage to the lens, and even fewer of these include infrared (IR) wavelengths. The goal of this report is to summarize the published literature describing IR laser damage to the crystalline lens of the eye. A major conclusion of this report is that there is an unfortunate dearth of published information on IR laser damage to the lens. Only two studies include rigorous analysis of lens damage thresholds, and only at three select wavelengths (1318 nm, 1338 nm, and 1356 nm). One other rigorous threshold damage study is included as it reports no lenticular damage even with exposures powerful enough to ablate the cornea above.
Approved For Public Release