July 16, 2018

Boy from Greece Burns Hole Through Retina after Staring into Green Laser

24 June 2018, 12:35 | Silvia Roy

9-year-old boy burns hole in retina after staring into laser pointer beam

9-year-old boy burns hole in retina after staring into laser pointer beam

Eye specialists determined that, while his right eye still had flawless 20/20 vision, his left eye had been reduced to 20/100 sight and "a large macular hole burnt into the centre of his retina".

A case study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine discussed what happened with the young boy, who had stared multiple times at the green beam of a laser pointer.

According to the paper, the boy's dad bought the laser from a street market, to give to his son to play with.

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According to what doctors say, it seems that a 9-year old boy from Greece permanently injured his left eye because he repeatedly looked straight into a laser pointer's beam. Dr. Androudi said that one or two years wouldn't have made much of a difference because the damage done by the green laser can not be mended.

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. Unfortunately, even if the surgery were successful, the little boy would still lose his sight.

After 18 months of conservative treatment, the boy's vision has not improved.

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Thomas C Lee is the director of the Vision Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Laser pointers may jazz up your PowerPoint presentation, but they can pose serious hazards to your eyes if you use them the wrong way. She said that not many children are willing to disclose their eye injuries. The patient can actually get a blind spot right in the middle of the eye.

They note that while many national health agencies have warned about the potential dangers of handheld laser pointers, and the sale of these devices with greater than 1 milliwatts (mW) of power is restricted in many areas, more powerful laser pointers remain available and are widely sold on the internet. But they powerful laser can be found online. "Green, blue and violet laser pointers have the agency particularly concerned", the agency said in a statement.

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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.

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