Laser Pointer Burns Through Boy's Eye


A scan soon revealed a large hole in the part of his left retina called the macula, which is crucial for mapping out things like faces and words.

In 2010, a similar case study, also published in the New England Journal of Medicine, documented the case of a 15-year-old boy who suffered severe eye damage after purchasing a high-powered handheld laser pointer on the internet and playing with it in front of the mirror.

The boy said he shined the green laser pointer into his eye several times after his father purchased it for him from a market stall.

An ophthalmologist from Greece recently declared that a 9-year-old boy permanently damaged his optical nerve after repeatedly staring into a green laser.

The surgery required to treat macular holes carries the near certain risk of cataract formation, which causes blurry vision, Dr. Sofia Androudi told CNN.

A nine-year-old boy was left almost blind after burning a hole into his eye by staring into a green laser pointer. "This means that even if the surgery would be successful, the boy would not be able to see".

About 18 months after the boy first came in for treatment, his vision remained as it was - 20/20 in his right eye and 20/100 in his left, according to CNN.

Some of the laser pointers are so strong, they can cast a light through the sky across a city.

Laser pointers may jazz up your PowerPoint presentation, but they can pose serious hazards to your eyes if you use them the wrong way.

The child came in for check up with his doctors in Volos, Greece, over a year after his injuries, complaining of sight issues. Further, Dr. Lee added, "That can leave scar tissue behind and can cause bleeding". It's like a magnifying glass burning a piece of paper.

The boy later told the specialists that he had been playing with a green laser pointer and had chose to look into the beam.

The FDA restricts the sale of laser pointers to a maximum power of 5 milliwatts.

Police have also been given permission to confiscate any lasers found on a person in a public place, search the individual and potentially arrest them.

In Australia, laser pointers with a beam strength of greater than 1mW of light require written permission from the Federal government to be imported into the country.