New combat laser and ballistic eye protection goggles

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Abstract

Up to 10% of all combat casualties involve eye injuries which are becoming more severe, bilateral and likely to lead to a retained intraocular foreign body. The modern battlefield is permeated with laser radiation from range finders, target designators and perhaps laser weapons aimed at producing visual incapacitation. In future wars, therefore, the likelihood of eye injuries is very high. We sought to devise means to protect the eye from military relevant injurious agents. Almost all ballistic injuries can be prevented by using polycarbonate goggles. They must not, however, interfere with the soldier's functions such as the use of binoculars or limit his visual fields. These problems are not insurmountable and we shall demonstrate new goggles design which we believe will be acceptable to the troops. The solution to laser protection is more difficult. For that purpose the goggles include outserts filters for various groups of laser wavelengths. The soldier will use the appropriate filter according to a reading from a laser detector which will indicate which filter is protective against the wavelength detected.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsBruce E. Stuck, Michael Belkin
Pages188-191
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1996
EventLaser-Inflicted Eye Injuries: Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: 29 Jan 199630 Jan 1996

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume2674
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceLaser-Inflicted Eye Injuries: Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment
CitySan Jose, CA, USA
Period29/01/9630/01/96

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