is similar to but much more intense than the reaction to a strobe flash from a camera or the reflection of bright sunlight from a window, windshield or mirror and it lasts much longer."
Flash insensitivity is also known as flash blindness. The most common example is flash photography.
Lasers also may be used for the intentional purpose of temporary visual disruption, which may be caused by visual glare, flash blindness, or after images.
A pilot startled by a laser flash and suffering from flash blindness
, for example, may inadvertently divert or change a flight's course or lose visual references.
. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 60, 505-520.
One pilot told Balpa about notes he made after having a laser shone on his aircraft: "Flash blindness
is a risk, but distraction and disruption at a critical point under intense stress is a threat to life itself.
Natick then established a laser laboratory to research the field, and Army scientists publicized the danger of flash blindness
caused by lasers.