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A concern that is often expressed about microwave radiation is the induction of cataracts. The formation of lens opacities in the eyes of laboratory animals following acute microwave exposure is well established. It is generally accepted that acute exposure to higher levels of CW radiation causes various degrees of lens opacification in laboratory animals at many microwave frequencies. However, the exact conditions under which these changes may occur in human beings are a subject of debate. Nevertheless, linear extrapolations of computed results indicate that the incident density required for the human eye to reach the cataractogenic threshold may only be slightly lower than that needed for rabbits.
Date of Publication: Feb 2003