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Laser eye protection
Author(s): Ralph G. Allen; Jack A. Labo; Michael W. Mayo
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Paper Abstract

Laser applications have proliferated in recent years and as to be expected their presence is no longer confined to the laboratory or places where access to their radiation can be easily controlled. One obvious application where this is so is in military operations where various devices such as laser range finders target designators and secure communications equipment elevate the risk of exposure specifically eye exposure to unacceptable levels. Although the need for eye protection in the laboratory and other controlled areas has been appreciated since the invention of the laser the use of lasers in circumstances where safety or the risk of temporary loss of vision which can not always be ensured by administrative procedures has made adequate eye protection essential. It is the critical nature of many military operations that has driven the search for eye protection against both nuclear and laser radiation. At the same time the requirement to maintain useful vision during irradiation as well as advances in laser technology have complicated the problem enormously. Pertinent aspects of the problem such as laser characteristics- -pulse width repetition rate laser wavelength tunability or agility as well as laser power or energy have been placed in perspective. In addition possible effects on vision for various exposures have been estimated as have the characteristics required of eye protective devices. Various classes of devices are discussed and advantages and disadvantages noted. 1.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1207, Laser Safety, Eyesafe Laser Systems, and Laser Eye Protection, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.17829
Show Author Affiliations
Ralph G. Allen, Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (United States)
Jack A. Labo, Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (United States)
Michael W. Mayo, Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1207:
Laser Safety, Eyesafe Laser Systems, and Laser Eye Protection
Penelope K. Bryan; David H. Sliney, Editor(s)

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