flash blindness


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flash blindness

Impairment of vision resulting from an intense flash of light. It includes temporary or permanent loss of visual functions and may be associated with retinal burns. See also dazzle.
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The attacks can distract pilots and flight crew, obscure instruments and dials, and cause short-lived flash blindness or even permanent eye damage.
Other possible side-effects include glare, which can cause reduced vision, and flash blindness, which obliterates a portion or all of a pilot's visual field and cause the occurrence of after images.
Reversible effects such as glare, distraction and flash blindness can occur.
NL thermobaric munitions will cause temporary flash blindness and temporary hearing loss, incapacitating an individual or a crowd with a loud bang and an intense flash of light.
Lasers may cause glare, flash blindness, and after images, as well as physical pain and psychological discomfort.
Reflected or refracted laser radiation hitting a cockpit canopy can produce flash blindness.