Lasers are cutting edge. They’re used in all kinds of products -- from music players and printers, to surgical tools.
But use of lasers in toys has the FDA worried and, as a parent and a physician, I share their concern.
There are lasers on toy guns to help you aim, tops with lasers that project a beam as they spin, and toy light sabers with lasers for beams.
Then there are mom’s or dad’s laser pointer or keychain which can be easily snatched to use as a toy.
Lasers can be dangerous. Pointed in the wrong place, they can cause serious eye injuries, including blindness. It may only takes a second, and then it’s too late.
The really scary part is eye damage may not be obvious immediately, then can get worse over time, and lead to permanent harm.
Never point a laser at a person or an animal. And don’t shine it at a reflective surface. The beam can bounce back and harm you.
And parents: think carefully about buying a laser-containing toy.Disclaimer: Your seeking of information on health related topics and/or Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, M.D.'s providing such information herein constitutes neither the solicitation of nor the provision of medical advice, services, care or treatment. Communication with Dr. Fryhofer on this website does not create a doctor/patient relationship. For concerns about your own particular medical condition, you should consult your own medical professional who can examine and evaluate you. Communication on a website is not a substitute for taking an active role in your own medical care and treatment and being personally seen by a physician of choice in your area.