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Lasers & Sources

Laser threat to retinas increasing

New York Times
28 February 2011

Eye doctors around the world are warning that recent cases of teenagers who suffered eye damage while playing with high-powered green laser pointers are likely to be just the first of many.

The pointers, which have also been implicated in a ninefold increase over five years in reports of lasers' being aimed at airplanes, are easier than ever to order online, doctors say - even though they are 10 to 20 times as powerful as the legal limit set by the Food and Drug Administration.

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