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Old 05-13-2008, 08:42 PM #1
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Default Have I done some damage to my eyes with a 10mW?

I just did something really (by my standards) stupid.

I was using a DX 10mW greenie outside and accidentally pointed it at a (parked) car plate (the highly reflective kind) from about 10m away.

I got flash blinded but I think my vision is ok. With that power and distance what sort of damage could I have done?

Luckily I blinked- looked away and switched it off so I think Im ok... but...

Thats the first (and hopefully only ) stupid thing I will do with lasers.


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I just did something really (by my standards) stupid.

I was using a DX 10mW greenie outside and accidentally pointed it at a (parked) car plate (the highly reflective kind) from about 10m away.

I got flash blinded but I think my vision is ok. With that power and distance what sort of damage could I have done?

Luckily I blinked- looked away and switched it off so I think Im ok... but...

Thats the first (and hopefully only ) stupid thing I will do with lasers.
You should be fine. At that range the specular reflection of a 10mw green is pretty harmless.
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:37 PM #3
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[quote author=SMIDSY link=1210711375/0#0 date=1210711375]I just did something really (by my standards) stupid.

I was using a DX 10mW greenie outside and accidentally pointed it at a (parked) car plate (the highly reflective kind) from about 10m away.

I got flash blinded but I think my vision is ok. With that power and distance what sort of damage could I have done?

Luckily I blinked- looked away and switched it off so I think Im ok... but...

Thats the first (and hopefully only ) stupid thing I will do with lasers.
You should be fine. At that range the specular reflection of a 10mw green is pretty harmless.[/quote]


specular? it was more reflective than diffuse.. but thanks for the reassurance
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Yeah, you'll be fine, now, get some goggles!
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good Im happy

1) It was outside and I didnt think of the reflection hazards but I wouldnt wear goggles outside anyway it defeats the point.

2) noone will sell me some decent green goggles cheap enough!

I woudl like one with IR filtering too but both you and chimp both offered to sell me goggles and then didn't

(btw looking for CHEAP but decent goggles still ( I have WL 650nm goggles))

zonestealth is always an option but thats $60...
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Yeah, you'll be fine, now, get some goggles!
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yeah I know but I see his point.

I am really careful with my laser (see my childproof laser for proof!) but that reflection kinda scared me lol...
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Default Re: Have I done some damage to my eyes with a 10mW

ZoneStealth is good I bought from him and seriously he is really cheep and you should never put your eyes over some cash thats like nothing anyway. I doubt you have any damage from 10mW greenie but with no IR filter you could have been exposed to 50mW of IR, but like I said get some darn goggles ASAP! And why would you buy an IR leaking POS to begin with, we all know its bad for your eyes.
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I doubt that any permanent damage has been done, I've shined a DX30 directly into my eye, and it was flash blindness at the most. A reflection should hardly hurt you
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