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Laser eye injuries among U.S. military personnel
Author(s): Thomas E. Johnson; Natalie Keeler; Ardith L. Wartick
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Paper Abstract

In this study reports of laser injuries in all three military services (Air Force, Army and Navy/Marine) are compared. In collecting data for this study laser injury reports provided by Rockwell Laser Industries (RLI), the United States Army Medical Research Detachment of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research which maintains the Laser Accident and Incident Registry (LAIR), the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), and the three service Safety Centers. We found a total of 29 laser injury reports that met our case definition. Since 1965, when the first injury occurred, there have been 6 Air Force, 15 Army, and 8 Navy/Marine injuries reported. Statistical analysis of data analyzed thus far shows no difference between the services in 8-year risk groupings between 1965-2002.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4953, Laser and Noncoherent Light Ocular Effects: Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment III, (20 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.477900
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas E. Johnson, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences (United States)
Natalie Keeler, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences (United States)
Ardith L. Wartick, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4953:
Laser and Noncoherent Light Ocular Effects: Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment III
Bruce E. Stuck; Michael Belkin, Editor(s)

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