Common Toy Causes Boy To Lose 75% Of His Eyesight

Although it might seem obvious, some people still don’t understand that laser pointers can be dangerous. That said, the very low-power laser pointers manufactured in the US and UK are relatively harmless. However, some foreign-made laser pointers are much more powerful and concomitantly more dangerous.

In fact, an eight-year-old boy suffered a thermal burn and permanent damage to his eyes while playing with a laser pen. That’s why his mom is campaigning for the laser devices to be totally banned.

Eight-year-old Jonny Marshall was at a school fair when he saw a laser pen at one of the vendor booths. His parents eventually gave in and bought him the inexpensive toy.

Unfortunately, when Jonny was having fun with his new toy at home, he intentionally pointed it toward his eye out of curiosity, and the intense laser left him with a thermal burn and permanent damage to his retina.

The FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health notes that laser pointers with a 3 to 5 milliwatt (mW) range fall within the federal safety limit. There are no reports of eye damage of any sort from those lasers. However, some imported laser pointers are well above the federal safety limits, which means eye damage is likely with exposure as brief as .25 of a second.

The UK also has laser pointer safety limits. "If it had been within the UK regulations, it wouldn't have done the damage," Jonny's mom, Angela Marshall, commented. "But, unfortunately, it had been imported and therefore it was a class 3B laser, which is between 5 and 500 milliwatts."

Of note, Class 3B lasers can cause damage to the eye from as far away as 330 feet.

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