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The use of non-lethal lasers has become a vital tool for the war fighter and law enforcement community. Although deemed safe when used properly, these lasers can prove to be dangerous when used improperly. We present a 33-year-old Army soldier with decreased vision in the left eye secondary to a presumed Dazzler Laser injury. Non-lethal lasers have become a vital tool to the war fighter and law enforcement community. Although deemed safe when used properly, theses lasers can prove to be dangerous when used improperly. The purpose was present evidence for chorioretinal injury caused by the Laser Dazzler while in war- theater during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The use of non-lethal handheld or weapon mounted lasers have become a vital tool to the war fighter and in law enforcement personnel as an escalation of force device. One such laser commonly used in Iraq and Afghanistan is the Laser Dazzler, which through its significant glare effect is intended to temporarily disorient its target. This feature is crucial for the protection of entry control points and convoys because it offers a safe method of signaling an approaching target; interrupting the target’s vision and determining if escalation to lethal force is warranted. Open Access should be seen as a means of accelerating scientific discovery by providing free and unrestricted access of scientific knowledge via the Internet. An essential role of Open Access is the long-term preservation of peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles and research data. Open Access is not only used for journal articles but is also being implemented to theses, scholarly monographs, and book chapters. Promotion of Open Access is very crucial to encourage innovation, socio-economic development, and flow of knowledge around the world. As such, Open Access can be defined as an instrument ultimately used for public welfare to stimulate the growth of global science, as well as maintain the quality of scientific achievements at the same time. Courtney Crawford: Chorioretinal Injury Caused by Presumed Laser Dazzler
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