Laser pointers have been used inappropriately to harass and « dazzle » victims.
Reports of retinal damage caused by pointers have also been circulated in the popular press.
Information on pointer abuse was collected from the iterature and through discussions with specialists Results : Few, if any documented cases of permanent retina damage caused by laser pointers could be found.
For actua damage to occur, vewing times need to exceed approx mately 10 seconds Exposures of this durat n would require the person being lased to cooperate by holding fixation on the aser beam Conclusions : Although the risk of permanent retinal damage from a laset-pointer beam is minimal, other risks include dazzle, annoyance, and concem that a weapon-aiming device rather than a pointer is generating the laser beam.
Mots-clés Pascal : Laser, Stylo injecteur, Traumatisme, Oeil, Rétinopathie, Risque, Législation, Homme, Oeil pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Laser, Pen injector, Trauma, Eye, Retinopathy, Risk, Legislation, Human, Eye disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0319048
Code Inist : 002B16C. Création : 16/11/1999.