Teeneager Lost 75% Of His Vision After Playing With A Toy You Also Probably Have At Home


Many a kid who has seen Luke Skywalker battle Darth Vader with a lightsaber thinks lasers are cool.
What they may not know is this: When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from lasers—even those in toys—can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness. 

And not just to the person using a laser, but to anyone within range of the laser beam.
Just like this Australian teenager who had lost 75 percent of his vision as a result of shining a laser pointer in his eyes while playing with it.

Optometrist Ben Armitage was called by the 14-year-old boy’s family physician to investigate why the boy was having difficulty with seeing. It soon became clear.

“He came in to see me and on the Friday night he’d got a hold of a laser pen and unfortunately shined it in his eyes for a very brief period of time,” Armitage stated.

Armitage photographed the teen’s eyes and discovered he had permanently damaged the back of his eyes by burning his retinas.


“Unfortunately, that’s the area where your detailed central vision takes place and therefore it’s had somewhat of an exaggerated effect on how much sight he’s lost,” Armitage concluded.

Although the teen experienced no pain when he shone the laser in his eyes, the damage was almost instantaneous and his vision was impacted immediately.

Because his eyes have been burned near the area called the macular, his blindness was most likely permanent. Although Armitage was hopeful some vision might be restored after the swelling goes down, the teen will likely live with only 25 percent vision for the rest of his life.

As a result, optometrists are warning parents of the dangers associated with something that many consider just a toy.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also issued a statement cautioning parents that laser toys may be harmful to children. Spinning tops, toy guns and hand-held "light sabers" can all cause serious injuries if used without proper care.

"When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from lasers-even those in toys-can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness," the FDA wrote in the statement. "And not just to the person using a laser, but to anyone within range of the laser beam."

To address the potential danger, the agency has put together a guidance document teaching consumers how to minimize the risks attending the popular toys. In it, they answer the most common questions about the safety of the toy as well as lasers in general.

(Source: FDA.GOV)
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