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Bilateral macular injury from a green laser pointer

Authors Dirani A, Chelala E, Fadlallah A, Antonios R, Cherfan G

Received 15 August 2013

Accepted for publication 17 September 2013

Published 30 October 2013 Volume 2013:7 Pages 2127—2130

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S53024

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Ali Dirani,1,2 Elias Chelala,2 Ali Fadlallah,1,2 Rafic Antonios,1 George Cherfan1

1Beirut Eye Specialist Hospital, 2Faculty of Medicine, Saint-Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon

Abstract: We report the case of a 13-year-old boy who had a bilateral macular injury after playing with a green laser pointer for a duration of 1 minute. Clinical examination revealed a decrease in visual acuity and macular injury in both eyes, and imaging investigations revealed a bilateral macular lesion due to exposure to the laser pointer. At 3 months' follow up, visual function had improved but remained partially impaired. This case emphasizes the importance of cautious and appropriate use of laser pointer devices because of the potential vision-threatening hazards induced by mishandling of these devices.

Keywords: green laser pointer, bilateral, macular injury

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