Will Repeated Iris
Scans Cause Blindness?
The British Government (egged on by the EU, itself under
pressure from America) wants every British citizen to carry an identity (ID)
card. If ID cards are introduced and made compulsory, all citizens will have to
be fingerprinted and have their eyes scanned by a machine.
printing is probably harmless (until a terrorist steals your fingerprints and
plants them somewhere) but what about the iris scans?
Will repeated iris
scans damage your eyes?
I don't know. As far as I am aware no one else
knows either. Has anyone done any research to find out if repeated iris scans
might damage the eyes? Not as far as I am aware of. And, remember, iris scans
will probably be conducted by clumsy, poorly paid, ill-trained oafs working
under pressure. And the clumsy, poorly paid, ill-trained oafs will probably be
using ill-maintained equipment. The potential for damage to be done is
Remember: for many years no one thought X-rays could possibly
Copyright Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc 2005