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Laser pointer burns hole in young boy’s eye

Laser pointer burns hole in young boy’s eye

Doctors discovered that the boy had severely injured his retina, as the device had apparently burned a hole into the macula, which CNN described as a feature found in the retina that helps people distinguish details in faces, and also assists in intricate tasks such as reading and driving. Well, in case you were thinking about trying it, the New England Journal of Medicine would like to remind you that doing so is dumb as hell (our words, not theirs). The boy told the doctors that he played with a laser pointer bought by his father from a street merchant, and then, his vision got worse.

"The child reported playing with a green laser pointer and repeatedly gazing into the laser beam", they write.

Macular holes are typically treated with surgery that is accompanied with an nearly 100 percent risk of cataract formation, Dr. Sofia Androudi, a physician involved with the case, wrote in an email. It seems that the boy's vision was at 100% in his right eye and at only 20% in his left and damaged one.

A nine-year-old boy was left almost blind after burning a hole into his eye by staring into a green laser pointer.

However, in this case, because the macular hole resulted from the laser burn, the nerves in the eye that absorb light were totally damaged, said Androudi, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Thessaly in Greece. About 18 months after doctors saw him, the boy's vision was still as bad.

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Some of the laser pointers are so strong, they can cast a light through the sky across a city. She said that not many children are willing to disclose their eye injuries. Further, Dr. Lee added, "That can leave scar tissue behind and can cause bleeding".

A laser is usually so powerful that is can act like a burn.

The sale of laser pointers with more than 5 milliwatts of power is restricted in the US, however the devices are still obtainable.

Given the circumstances behind the young patient's injury, CNN ended its report with a stern warning from researcher Androudi - lasers, whether they may be in pointer form or not, "should never be considered toys". "Green, blue and violet laser pointers have the agency particularly concerned", the agency said in a statement.