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Letters Laser eye injuries

Maculopathy from handheld green diode laser pointer

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 08 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2982
  1. Kimia Ziahosseini, specialist trainee1,
  2. John P Doris, specialist registrar2,
  3. George S Turner, consultant vitreoretinal surgeon2
  1. 1St Paul’s Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool L7 8XP
  2. 2Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester M13 9WH
  1. kim.z{at}

    Macular laser treatment with a thermal laser can result in permanent scotoma at the laser burn site.1 We report on a teenager who presented with central scotomas from a high powered handheld laser pointer. He had bought a green diode laser pointer over the internet and shone the laser beam into his eyes while playing with it.

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