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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Laser pointers not toys, optometrists warn, after teenager damages eyes

Optometrists have warned parents not to consider laser pointers as toys after a Tasmanian teenager caused permanent damage to his eyes by looking into one.

Hobart optometrist Ben Armitage received a call on Monday from a GP asking him to investigate why the 14-year-old boy was having vision problems.

"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," he said.

"Unfortunately he's managed to cause himself permanent damage to the back of his eye."

Photographs of the boy's eyes show laser burns to his each of his retinas.



Anonymous said...

All the time in Ocean City

Anonymous said...

I really don't understand why people buy these things and I really don't understand why they point them at the airplanes unless they are intentionally trying to cause an accident. Why do places even sell them?

Anonymous said...

The numbers of plane and helicopter incidents will increase to an unmanageable level if they haven't already.Why everyone feels the need to be anti establishment all of a sudden is anyone's guess.There is no law forcing them to stay in the US.