tag: laser pointer injury
According to ABC, a Tasmanian teenager suffered a serious injury to his vision by playing with a laser pointer. Just imagine how much more dangerous it could’ve been in the hands of a toddler. Laser pointer injury is no joke.
“He came into see me and on the Friday night he’d got hold of a laser pen and unfortunately shined it in his eyes for a very brief period of time,” said optometrist Ben Armitage.
Photographs of the boy’s eyes show laser burns to his each of his retinas.
“The back of his eyes on both sides are showing laser burns, so he’s actually managed to burn the retina at the back of the eye near an area called the macular,” Mr. Armitage said.
“Unfortunately that’s the area where your detailed central vision takes place and therefore it’s had somewhat of an exaggerated effect on how much sight he’s lost.”
To make things worst, the damage is irreversible and cannot be remedied with glasses.
The FDA reported that laser pointers under 5 mW are generally safe and they haven’t been reported to cause any laser pointer injury. Though children should still be supervised when playing with laser pointers.
However, some laser pointers who are improperly imported and labeled far exceed safety limits, according to Scientific American.