After examination, doctors were shocked to discover a big hole in the boy's macula, which is a very small area in the eye's retina.
According to a case study, the boy, who was 9-years-old at the time of his injury, got the laser pointer from his father, who bought it as a toy from a street merchant.
A nine-year-old boy burned a hole in his eye's retina after staring into a green laser pointer and nearly sending himself blind. There was also damage to two areas below the macular hole, CNN reported.
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 permanently injured his eye by staring into a green laser pointer. Androudi, the ophthalmology professor, further said, "This means that even if the surgery would be successful, the boy would not be able to see".
The boy's vision was measured at 20/20 in his right eye and 20/100 in his left, according to the report. The astonishing fact is that even after eighteen months of the damage, there were no changes observed in the boy's vision.
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Health officials have warned for years about the possible dangers of laser pointers for people's eyes.
Laser beams are so powerful that they can convert to heat and cause burns that leave scar tissue, doctors said. It's like a magnifying glass burning a piece of paper.
"And these are particularly risky powers, and there's no way for you to know as a user that this laser pointer that you got off the internet has the right power". And in this case, Androudi said that she suspects the boy had suffered with the injury in his eye at least a year before he actually came in for treatment.
Notably, despite of the Food and Drug Administration imposing a restriction on the sale of laser pointers having over 5 milliwatts power across the United States, the restriction do not seem to be have regulated or enforced and are still available for purchase, said Androudi.
Police have also been given permission to confiscate any lasers found on a person in a public place, search the individual and potentially arrest them. The more powerful lasers have green, blue and violet light.