Eye specialists determined that, while his right eye still had ideal 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 nine-year-old boy is now partially blind after playing with a green laser pointer that burned a hole in his eye. After imaging, it was revealed that the boy also had two more areas that were injured, right below the hole in the macula.
The boy's parents brought him to an ophthalmology clinic for evaluation after he complained of decreased vision in his left eye.
A young boy has severely damaged his eye after shining a laser pointer into it. Androudi at the University of Thessaly in Greece, the nerves of the eye, which absorb light rays, were completely damaged as the hole in the macula was caused by laser burn. "This means that even if the surgery would be successful, the boy would not be able to see".
An examination showed the vision in his left eye was 20/100, compared to 20/20 vision in his right eye.
Despite that path of action, doctors confirmed that the boy's eyesight had not strengthened or recovered after 18 months of follow-up treatments, the journal reported. While a laser generates a very tight beam, a flashlight produces light that is diffuse. Further, Dr. Lee added, "That can leave scar tissue behind and can cause bleeding".
"When you have something as powerful as a laser, it's so powerful that it is converted to heat like a burn". It's like a magnifying glass burning a piece of paper. In addition, people can buy more powerful laser pointers over the internet, according to the report.
Although many countries limit the sale of laser devices with more than 1mW of power, they are often easily available online. 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. The US Food and Drug Administration warns against so-called "overpowered" green, blue and violet lasers that have been modified to give off more radiation than originally intended.