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Retinal Effects Of Blue Light Exposure
Author(s): William T. Ham; Harold A. Mueller; J. J. Ruffolo
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Paper Abstract

Recent research has shown that blue light exposure is an important factor in certain types of retinal injury. The mammalian ocular media transmits the spectral band 400-1400 nm to the retina. The short wavelengths (400-550 nm) produce a photochemical or actinic type of damage, while the longer wavelengths (550-1400 nm) produce thermal damage. Distinction between the two types of retinal damage are discussed briefly and the importance of the blue light effect for solar retinitis and eclipse blindness is emphasized. The significance of blue light retinal injury is summarized for various environmental and occupational exposures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 1980
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0229, Ocular Effects of Non-Ionizing Radiation, (7 October 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958786
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William T. Ham, Virginia Commonwealth University (United States)
Harold A. Mueller, Virginia Commonwealth University (United States)
J. J. Ruffolo, Virginia Commonwealth University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0229:
Ocular Effects of Non-Ionizing Radiation
David H. Sliney; Myron Lee Wolbarsht, Editor(s)

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