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Effects of repetitive low-level blast exposure on visual systems and ocular structures

José E. Capó-Aponte, OD, PhD, et al.

The number of servicemembers injured by blasts has increased considerably in recent years as a consequence of current conflicts. Marines are repetitively exposed to low-level blasts during breacher training. Such occupational blast exposure has the potential to produce occult injuries to the eye or damage parts of the brain that control eye movement. This study showed that current levels of blast exposure used during Marine breacher training appear to be safe. However, the fact that some tests indicated slight visual changes over time, or compared with controls, emphasizes the importance of getting a comprehensive eye examination after blast exposure even in the absence of classical visual symptoms.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.09.0204

Volume 52 Number 3, 2015
   Pages 273 — 290


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Capó-Aponte JE, Jurek GM, Walsh DV, Temme LA, Ahroon WA, Riggs DW. Effects of repetitive low-level blast exposure on visual systems and ocular structures. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(3):273–90.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.09.0204
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