Ocular Lesions Produced by an Optical Maser (Laser)

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Science  10 Nov 1961:
Vol. 134, Issue 3489, pp. 1525-1526
DOI: 10.1126/science.134.3489.1525


Ocular lesions have been experimentally produced in rabbit by a pulsed optical maser (laser). The high-energy density delivered in a single 0.5 msec pulse was sufficient to cause instantaneous thermal injury to the pigmented retina and iris of the brown rabbit. Ophthalmoscopically, the retinal lesions resembled flash burns from an atomic fireball.