We measured reflected laser beams from seven different contact lenses used during laser photocoagulation to evaluate the potential hazards to the eyes of the clinician and bystanders. We found that although collimated beam reflections from the aiming beam of an argon laser photocoagulator could produce disability glare and discomfort to the laser operator (or to an individual viewing through the auxiliary eyepiece), the levels are not hazardous, by current occupational safety limits. Reflected laser light may exceed occupational exposure limits for momentary viewing by bystanders if they are within 1 meter of the laser contact lens.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||American Journal of Ophthalmology|
|State||Published - 1987|
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