The photic sneeze reflex as a risk factor to combat pilots.

  title={The photic sneeze reflex as a risk factor to combat pilots.},
  author={R. Breitenbach and P. Swisher and M. K. Kim and B. S. Patel},
  journal={Military medicine},
  volume={158 12},
The tendency to sneeze upon exposure to bright light is autosomal dominant and affects 18-35% of the population. This uncontrolled sneezing may represent a danger to pilots during flight. Testing was conducted using Ditric narrow band (+/- 10 nm) interference filters. Wavelengths at 430, 532, and 560 nm were tested with a GE 500-W photoflood BCA #1 bulb at constant intensity. Subsequent testing of military and civilian aviation goggles and sunglasses was conducted using a Digikrom 240… Expand
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