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October 1970

Problems of Industrial Medicine in Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;84(4):554-555. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990040556040

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This combined report of the first (Munich, 1966) and second (Amsterdam, 1968) Symposia of the International Study Group for Ergophthalmology considers some of the manifold problems of industrial ophthalmology in the rapidly developing circumstances of our time. These result from the greater demands placed by many modern occupations on the eyes and the visual system. Examples of these include traffic flow, delicate machine and electronic work, high speed travel by land and air, and the physical factors involved in space and deep-sea explorations. They are linked to the demands of structuring the working environment in such a way as to achieve optimal conditions for visual efficiency on the job. Beyond this are the hazards of ionizing radiations, new chemicals, and new byproducts of industry.

The two symposia comprise a fairly wide range of titles with little coordination of subject matter. Among them are "Ocular Accidents of Occcupational Origin Due to

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