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Unhappy 1.5w blue rifle laser to eye. Lazerer

Alright so today I finally got my 1.5w laser with full lense kit etc. And I never knew goggles were a must using these, and there was alot of times when I accidently looked at beam and the mirror reflected the beam into my eye and I looked at the center of the beam many times. Now I am a bit afraid as I freaked out hearing you get permanent eye damage from these as I did not think they were that powerful enough to harm my eye sight. But the odd thing is that I see normal in both eyes and I see no after burn marks or blind spots what so ever even after the beam hitting my retina for a good 2 seconds. This laser also has a power certificate at 1.6w on a test. My question is have I done permanent eye damage even though everything seems fine even looking in bright areas? I am a bit scared help.

I am also 17 years old.



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Default Re: 1.5w blue rifle laser to eye. Lazerer

Unfortunately, the answer is probably an unequivocal "yes."

Get off the computer and go see a retinal specialist.

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Default Re: 1.5w blue rifle laser to eye. Lazerer

1. Don't panic. What's done is done. That you have not noticed any damage is good.

2. Tell your parents, and ask them call the local hospitals to check if they have any retina specialists to see you on an emergency basis. Depending on your location maybe there is a nearby hospital that has an ophthalmologist on call, or already there. Get there.

3. If not, you need to get to an eye doctor, an ophthalmologist, as soon as possible so that your eyes can be evaluated. You may have gotten lucky and nothing needs to be done, or you may need immediate care to make sure more damage is not caused by inflammation within your eye.

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SEE AN EYE DOCTOR ASAP!!! even though you cant see the damage you may still have permanent retinal burns,

it pays to do some research on safety so you know the inherent dangers with any laser over 5mw

hope all goes well, not to scare you but heres a thread outlining what could happen without safety and without common sense

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Default Re: 1.5w blue rifle laser to eye. Lazerer

You have most certainly caused permanent damage to your eyes. You may not yet have any distortion in vision, but you may. You are also more likely to suffer macular degeneration when you're older. Did your laser not come with any warnings to use your goggles, or did you just completely ignore them?

Use your goggles anytime you use this laser indoors. Period.

I'm sure someone will come along and source you to some good citations.
You should also search the forum for related threads.

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Default Re: 1.5w blue rifle laser to eye. Lazerer

Please do not waste your time searching the forum now.

Just get to an ophthalmologist as soon as you can. This is an emergency, and the longer you wait, potentially the more damage your eyes could suffer.

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Thanks for all the advice I am going to the ER in a few minutes. And all of a sudden since I started writing this thread I am experiencing burning in my eyes all over.
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Thanks for all the advice I am going to the ER in a few minutes. And all of a sudden since I started writing this thread I am experiencing burning in my eyes all over.
Please have your parents drive you if they are around, if they are asleep, wake them up.

Tell them to get you to an ophthalmologist, a retina specialist.
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Yes, as IE is saying, a retinal specialist is key here. The ER might not really be able to help you with that specifically; though they might be able to get you a referral to one (if your insurance requires it).

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Default Re: 1.5w blue rifle laser to eye. Lazerer

You better be gone and on the way to a specialist like.... long time ago.

I... wow. I have a rifle 1.5W, a hit to the eye would be devastating, I'm amazed you weren't immediately blinded. hope you can read this when you return.

I know the site has safety glasses as an option along with the lens kit, so if you didn't have some it's because you didn't opt for them. that said, the glasses that come with that laser suck (though would have been better than nothing) go with the eagle pair instead.

here's hoping you can maximize the learning/permanent injury ratio.

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Thanks for all the advice I am going to the ER in a few minutes. And all of a sudden since I started writing this thread I am experiencing burning in my eyes all over.
Um, strange how you feel burning. Perhaps its psychosomatic. FYI the eyes have no pain receptors.
Also, in your OP, you said that the laser hit your "retina for a good 2 seconds'. That's seriously a long time and doesn't make any sense to me.

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If you are lucky enough to have only slight damage that doesn't affect your vision yet keep in mind the effect is cumulative, meaning that a little additional damage will give you a real problem, so be careful.
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Um, strange how you feel burning. Perhaps its psychosomatic. FYI the eyes have no pain receptors.
Also, in your OP, you said that the laser hit your "retina for a good 2 seconds'. That's seriously a long time and doesn't make any sense to me.

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Yeah... this doesn't exactly smell right to me either. Though I suppose it's better to take the occasional troll seriously than to inadvertently dismiss someone who might actually be injured.

Owing to the "2 second" exposure... I really hope this is a troll. That exposure would be catastrophic to retinas.

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Way off topic dude, and smells like spamming as well.

To the OP: I would like to emphasize the fact that going to the ER won't help you too much. An ophthalmologist will be your best shot.
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I would have expected a two-second direct exposure @ 1.5W to cause damage that could be felt (and heard), with little room for doubt as to whether or not there was an injury.

Possibly, (HOPEFULLY!) the OP was using nearly dead batteries at the time, as he never mentioned that they were fully charged, or that he had been using the laser for any burning, etc. Perhaps he opened his new laser, installed the batteries, and proceeded to use it, without ever throwing a good charge into them. SOOOOOO......maybe he got extremely lucky, and was exposed only to a VERY weak beam.

Kingraptor724: I sincerely hope that you managed to get yourself some emergency medical care, and that your eyes are okay.

And PLEASE, take the advice of the members here, and procure some QUALITY eye protection. There are many threads here discussing and evaluating different brands. And remember: poor quality safety gear is as bad or worse than no safety gear, because it gives you a false sense of security, while putting you at risk. Take the time to learn what works.


I really hope this amounts to nothing more than a healthy scare for you.

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Default Re: 1.5w blue rifle laser to eye. Lazerer

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Originally Posted by AJ Pierson View Post
I would have expected a two-second direct exposure @ 1.5W to cause damage that could be felt (and heard), with little room for doubt as to whether or not there was an injury.
Fun fact!

I once heard in a safety briefing that with a class IV laser hit that lasts more than just a moment, the injured person will often hear an audible popping sound, as blood capillaries in his or her eye explode.

...actually that fact wasn't very fun at all.

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