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.
Volume 52 Number 3, 2015
Pages 273 — 290
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