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posted on 16.12.2016, 09:04 by J. Marshall, John B. O'Hagan, John TyrerJohn Tyrer
Eight years ago media coverage of incidents involving laser pointers in which individuals claimed to have suffered eye damage resulted in a perspective being published in this journal.1 The final sentence concluded ‘laser pointers, pens or key rings if used appropriately are not an eye hazard, and even if used inappropriately will not cause permanent eye damage’. This statement has been supported by the finding that until recently no irreversible eye injuries had been reported for a period of almost 15 years other than those caused by deliberate and prolonged viewing of laser beams.2 During this time period pointers have been freely available with an estimated 500 000 to c1.2 million laser pointers in circulation.

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  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

British Journal of Ophthalmology

Volume

100

Issue

5

Pages

583 - 584

Citation

MARSHALL, J., O'HAGAN, J.B. and TYRER, J.R., 2016. Eye hazards of laser 'pointers' in perspective. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 100 (5), pp. 583 - 584.

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© British Medical Journal Publishing Group

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

15/04/2016

Publication date

2016-04-19

Notes

This article was published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology [© BMJ Publishing Group] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjophthalmol-2016-308798

ISSN

0007-1161

eISSN

1468-2079

Language

en

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