Laser pointer causes a hole in the retina of a boy’s eye

Maricruz Casares
Junio 24, 2018

They discovered a large hole is in the macular, an area in the retina that helps distinguish detail in faces and while reading or driving.

The hole formed after he repeatedly gazed into the laser beam, according to a case report from The New England Journal of Medicine.

In a shocking incident, a nine-year-old boy has become partially blind after playing with a green laser pointer that burned a hole in his eye.

The boy's parents brought him to an ophthalmology clinic for evaluation after he complained of decreased vision in his left eye.

Not pointing a laser pointer in your eye is one of those pieces of advice that pretty much everyone follows, even if they've never seen what happens if you don't follow it.

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.

'[E] ven if the surgery would be successful, the boy would not be able to see, ' Dr Androudi said.

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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.

A person points a laser pen towards the sky.

'That can leave scar tissue behind and can cause bleeding.

A laser is usually so powerful that is can act like a burn. Children, she explained, often don't want to disclose eye injuries. "While there are legitimate uses for these laser pointers, they may be altered to become more powerful and unsafe if not used responsibly".

Notably, despite of the Food and Drug Administration imposing a restriction on the sale of laser pointers having over 5 milliwatts power across the United States, the restriction do not seem to be have regulated or enforced and are still available for purchase, said Androudi.

The boy had been given the green laser pointer by his father. However, laser pointers may not have the proper labeling, or they may have a higher power than indicated on the label, making it hard for consumers to know exactly how powerful a laser pointer is, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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