-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Lasers in toys can be
dangerous to children and those around them, posing the risk of
serious eye injuries and even blindness, according to the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration.
"A beam shone directly into a person's eye can injure it in an instant, especially if the laser is a powerful one," Dan Hewett, health promotion officer at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in an agency news release.
Laser injuries to eyes usually don't hurt, but vision can
deteriorate slowly over time. These injuries may go unnoticed for
days and even weeks, and could be permanent, Hewett said.
Examples of laser toys include:
The FDA is particularly interested in toys with lasers because
it's often children who are hurt by these products. Advertisers
promote them as playthings, so parents and kids believe they're
safe to use, Hewett said.
In recent years, the power of lasers has increased while prices
have fallen, he added.
The FDA offers the following safety tips:
The Nemours Foundation outlines how to
choose safe toys.
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