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      Bilateral macular injury from a green laser pointer

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          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.

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                Clin Ophthalmol
                Clin Ophthalmol
                Clinical Ophthalmology
                Clinical Ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.)
                Dove Medical Press
                30 October 2013
                : 7
                : 2127-2130
                [1 ]Beirut Eye Specialist Hospital, Saint-Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon
                [2 ]Faculty of Medicine, Saint-Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Ali Fadlallah, Faculty of Medicine, Saint-Joseph University, PO Box 116-5311, Beirut, Lebanon, Tel +961 7 138 8893, Email fadlallah2000@
                © 2013 Dirani et al. This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License

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                Ophthalmology & Optometry

                green laser pointer, bilateral, macular injury


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