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mfo 09-30-2009 07:51 PM

Damage, or paranoia?
 
Ok, let me explain this the best that I can. I am 25 years old (will be 26 in January.) I've had a few floaters in my left eye all of my life (Literally, as long as I can remember.). My left eye is like 20/30 vision, and my right eye is like 20/100. I've never noticed floaters in my right eye, I guess because my left eye does all of the work as far as seeing goes.

I've owned a 125mW greenie from dragon lasers since July. This thing is so bright as, even looking at the dot for more than a few seconds hurts, but I am sure most of you know that. Recently it seems a few more floaters have popped up in my left eye. Now, I do know that people get more floaters as they age, and since I've had floaters all of my life, I'm sure that I probably have more than the average 25/26 year old. I guess my question is this. Can looking at the dot cause such damage? I know reflections can definitely do that, but I'm talking about looking at the dot on let's say a non glossy wall? I know I really should get googles to be safe, and you all can flame me for not owning any and I definitely deserve it.

P.S. The floaters do not interfere with my vision at all. If anything, it is a mere nuisance. The only time I notice them is when I look at light colored backgrounds, such as the sky, or a computer screen with a light background. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Also, where can I get a decently priced pair of green safety goggles without spending more than $25-30? I like the ones from dragon lasers, but the shipping is brutal. I know I can't put a price on my eyes, but if I can save a few bucks I would like to. Are multi-spectrum goggles as efficient as single colored ones are?

ElektroFreak 09-30-2009 08:11 PM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
At that power level, the dot on a wall is not harmful at all. It can be harmful if reflected from a shiny or mirror surface obviously, but from diffuse surfaces not at all. It takes Watts of power before the diffuse reflections become harmful.

rangedunits 09-30-2009 09:40 PM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
I doubt, I had an headache from eye injury. When I looked on a white wall

daguin 09-30-2009 10:01 PM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
Not only do we develop more "floaters" as we age, but because of your laser use, you have simply become more aware of them. You are "seeing" things that were already there, but below your attention level. Viewing the non-specular reflection is NOT causing them.

Peace,
dave

mfo 09-30-2009 10:14 PM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
Thanks for confirming the paranoia guys. I hate floaters they are so annoying. I still need to get my hands on some goggles now.

gotwake424 09-30-2009 11:46 PM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
I just went to the Optometrist today. I have 5 Huge floaters and more small ones. She said they were the biggest she has ever seen. Haha It also turns out i have a catterax. But like the other members said, you should be fine as long as you don't get any stray reflections. Just watch were you point it!

mfo 09-30-2009 11:57 PM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
Thanks Blake. Will definitely be careful. I need to get my behind to an Optometrist also...but I'm so squeamish when it comes to eyes which is why I've yet to get Lasik.

gotwake424 10-01-2009 12:34 AM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
Yea anytime :)

Benm 10-01-2009 12:56 AM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
Symptoms like floaters would be very unlikely be the result of a visible laser accident.

Annoying as they may be, i suppose they are not related to your laser usage in any way.

lasersbee 10-01-2009 01:01 AM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
I have floaters as well... And I fly RC airplanes.
When I fly very high I have problems keeping my eye on
the plane.. High up the RC plane is about the same size
as the floaters in my eye and its difficult to zero into the
plane's orientation...

What a bummer...:cryyy:

Jerry

mfo 10-01-2009 01:03 AM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by lasersbee (Post 584553)
I have floaters as well... And I fly RC airplanes.
When I fly very high I have problems keeping my eye on
the plane.. High up the RC plane is about the same size
as the floaters in my eye and its difficult to zero into the
plane's orientation...

What a bummer...:cryyy:

Jerry

Well, there is surgery that can be done. I think they suck the vitreous liquids out of your eye and replace it with an artificial fluid. I guess that's only if the floaters drastically impact your vision though, an absolute last resort.

gotwake424 10-01-2009 01:37 AM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mfo (Post 584554)
Well, there is surgery that can be done. I think they suck the vitreous liquids out of your eye and replace it with an artificial fluid. I guess that's only if the floaters drastically impact your vision though, an absolute last resort.

Yes they suck the fluid out of the sack that keeps the pressure in your eyeball. It is only "dangerous" because sometimes they don't/can't re-inflate the sack to the right pressure so your iris can detach. I might be getting this surgery......big might

mfo 10-01-2009 01:43 AM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by gotwake424 (Post 584578)
Yes they suck the fluid out of the sack that keeps the pressure in your eyeball. It is only "dangerous" because sometimes they don't/can't re-inflate the sack to the right pressure so your iris can detach. I might be getting this surgery......big might

Meh, unless my vision was in jeopardy I wouldn't be getting this surgery. Is that the case with you?

gotwake424 10-01-2009 01:56 AM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mfo (Post 584579)
Meh, unless my vision was in jeopardy I wouldn't be getting this surgery. Is that the case with you?

Well It depends because they are pretty bad, i'm seeing a specialist soon just to see what my options are. My mom wants me to get this and my catterax fixed while i am still on their insurance

mfo 10-01-2009 02:51 AM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by gotwake424 (Post 584586)
Well It depends because they are pretty bad, i'm seeing a specialist soon just to see what my options are. My mom wants me to get this and my catterax fixed while i am still on their insurance

I guess do one eye at a time...If something goes wrong you'll have your other. Sorry to hear this dude.

gotwake424 10-01-2009 10:43 AM

Re: Damage, or paranoia?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mfo (Post 584612)
I guess do one eye at a time...If something goes wrong you'll have your other. Sorry to hear this dude.

Yea its only my left eye, I still see 20/20 in both eyes its just my left eye thats kinda messed up. Thanks


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