An Australian optometrist have issued a warning to all parents: laser pointers are not toys.
Hobart optometrist, Ben Armitage, investigated a 14-year-old boy at his GP request because the teenager accused sighted.
Armitage declared for ABC Australia, “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.”
The result is catastrophic. The laser pointer caused the boy to lose 75% of his eyesight.
“He’s actually managed to burn the retina at the back of the eye near an area called the macular,” he added.
Due to the fact that the macular is the area where the detailed central vision takes place, this incident caused an exaggerated effect on vision loss.
via ABC Australia / Ben Armitage
At the time, the boy said he did not feel any pain but he immediatly started to experience vision loss. Mr Armitage said that once swelling reduces, the boy’s eyesight might enhance.
“Unfortunately he’s managed to cause himself permanent damage to the back of his eye.”
Sadly, the damage can not be corrected with surgery, glasses or anything else.
Doctor’s conclusion is that parents should not see the laser pointer as a toy.
“If parents purchase or allow their children to have access to these pens they ought to supervise them very, very carefully and, in fact, better off trying to warn them off them because we’ve just seen in this particular case where the future lifestyle of this young person has been seriously affected.”
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