Could have been SO much worse.
Glad it was peripheral vision bro, still really sucks though.
Could happen to any one of us that likes to look at a beam.
Not to take any seriousness away from what happened but I got a chuckle out of the mental image .
Quiet area, distant noises dampened by the fog, only the sound of the crickets calling their lonely song in a nearby pond....
I wasnt driving! I pulled over to play with it in the fog.
As far as googles go, this is my philosophy: The reason I enjoy lasers is because they project brilliant beams of colorful light. Goggles completely defeat the main reason why I love them. Do I own goggles? Of course. Do I use goggles while burning things, or shining them on reflective objects? Of course. Do I use goggles while simply shining them on a wall for a few moments or around my living room? Not usually. Or while pointing it around outside at night? Of course not. Lasers carry a certain amount of risk to them, and you are always exposed to this risk if you wish to fully enjoy them.
As far as medical help goes, my dad is a doctor, and he told me not to worry about it, as there isnt really anything that actually helps... and that it was located in a spot that would never really cause any visual problems anyway. All they would do is confirm the damage.
These are accidents that laser safety eyewear is supposed to prevent. It's not called an accident for no reason.