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Can Staring at a Laser Pointer Cause Permanent Vision Loss?

A young boy in Greece has irreversible vision loss in one eye, likely from staring at a laser pointer for an extended period of time.

Eye doctors in Greece reported in the New England Journal of Medicine last week that a 9-year-old boy developed a macular hole in his left eye — and suggested that the damage may have occurred from staring at a laser pointer.

John B. Miller, M.D., a retina specialist at Mass. Eye and Ear, offered his outside perspective on the case and laser pointer eye safety to TIME. Mass. Eye and Ear sees about three to five laser-related eye injuries each year.

Read the story over at TIME Health.

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