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18 April 2005 Experimental and theoretical studies of broadband optical thermal damage to the retina
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The evaluation of the safety of high-power light sources requires a broad understanding of both thermal and photochemical damage mechanisms in retinal tissue. A comprehensive model which can support complex spectral, temporal and spatial dependency of these effects is essential to evaluation of existing safe exposure limits across a broad parameter space. We present an initial implementation of a thermal damage model along with validating experiments. The model is capable of examining a wide parameter space and is highly extensible to the examination of a variety of damage mechanisms. Also presented is a recent study which examines the effects of a filtered Xenon arc lamp for an exposure duration of ten seconds. This data is examined in relation to the model and a number of historical data points. We also examine exposure limits from the American Council of Government Industrial Hygienists as they apply to these sources.
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Robert J. Thomas, Gavin D. Buffington, Michael L. Edwards, Clarence P. Cain, Kurt J. Schuster, David J. Stolarski, and Benjamin A. Rockwell "Experimental and theoretical studies of broadband optical thermal damage to the retina", Proc. SPIE 5688, Ophthalmic Technologies XV, (18 April 2005);


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