Presently recommended exposure limits for optical radiation permit one to estimate the hazard to the eye and skin for continuous periods of exposure. They apply explicitly only to uninterrupted exposure—the so-called “worst-case” condition. This paper examines the biological and practical aspects of human exposure to bright light which permit the application of “use factors” where justified in the use of these exposure limits and considers the limitations of such limits.
Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois, December 15, 1980.
The opinions or assertions herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Department of the Army.
Received January 28, 1982; revision received March 15, 1982.
David H. Sliney
Department of the Army
U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland 21010
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