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February 1981

Radiant Energy and the Eye

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Bethesda, Md

Arch Ophthalmol. 1981;99(2):347-348. doi:10.1001/archopht.1981.03930010349032

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Clinicians, physiologists, physicists, and others share a common interest in the eye and radiant energy. No organ is as attuned to receive and to suffer the harmful effects of radiation as the eye. The cornea is at risk to excessive ultraviolet (UV) and ionizing radiation, the lens to multiple forms of radiation (thermal, microwave, ionizing, and even visible), while the retina is especially susceptible to focused radiation, such as excessive visible and infrared portions of the spectrum. For anyone not involved in research in this area or who does not have a background in the relevant sciences, the subject has become increasingly confusing with the burgeoning literature.

The present text goes a long way toward mitigating, if not solving, the confusion. The editor, Sidney Lerman, is a clinically oriented investigator. His five collaborators are from the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, radiobiology, and experimental biology. The result is a text that

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