Laser pointers shine a focused beam of high intensity light, usually red, and are commonly used in corporate and classroom presentations to highlight specific points or images on media screens.
Looking directly at the light beam of a laser pointer can cause temporary vision loss and even permanent damage to the retina. This was learned after children and young adults began purchasing laser pointers and using them as toys.
Also, laser pointers began to be used as sighting devices for paintball guns. Because of the potential for eye injuries and now it’s mandated that laser pointers carry warning labels mentioning possible retinal damage.
In 2010, the USA American Academy of Ophthalmology issued a consumer warning about high-powered laser pointers that are even more dangerous than other types. The organization cited the case of a teenaged boy who suffered retinal injuries while playing with the pointer in front of a mirror.
The Academy advised not pointing lasers near the eye or near reflective surfaces.
Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.
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