Laser pointers are commonplace in homes with cats; felines will chase the red or green dot for hours if given the opportunity. While the devices may be scads of fun for cats, severe problems can crop up when directed toward the human eye. Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation; if the beam hits the retina, it can lead to blind spots and blindness. The damage can happen in seconds—users beware!
“The damage could probably happen in just a few seconds," said Optometrist Dr. Andrew Hunt. “If they hit the retina, they can cause damage. We can get retinal holes that can lead to permanent blind spots in our vision.”
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“Common household item could cause eye damage and blindness”