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wieyedoc, Board Certified Ophthalmologist
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Can a cat toy laser pointer <1mw from 20 yards cause any

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Can a cat toy laser pointer <1mw from 20 yards cause any damage to a human eye? I have researched it and it is apparently like a camera flash going off close up if I was to shine it directly in the human eye. It is a certified UK cat toy.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  wieyedoc replied 10 months ago.

Hi. I'm Dr. Rick and I have two decades of ophthalmology and retina surgery experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Expert:  wieyedoc replied 10 months ago.

that cat toy laser is completely safe.

It will not damage the human eye.

No Way. No How.

Make sense to you?

I am happy to be able to help you today. If you would be so kind, please help me get credit for my efforts in answering your questions and press the excellent feedback button for this encounter. And, don’t forget, I work for tips. I would also be happy to continue to answer any more questions you have until we have resolved your concern.

Dr. Rick MD FACS

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thank you so very much. I have been accused of causing damage to a man's eye at 20 yards away so your answer is vital to me.
Expert:  wieyedoc replied 10 months ago.

There is no way that you caused damage to that persons eye with that cat toy laser from 20 yards away.......

It's safe for you to press the positive feedback button now if you so desire. And, never fear, even after you press that button I'll still be right here to continue helping you, but, as I do work for tips, I want to make sure you are happy before rating me.

Dr. Rick MD FACS

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I am in a workplace disciplinary hearing tomorrow - is there anything scientific / or general information that you can give me to help defend myself please
Expert:  wieyedoc replied 10 months ago.

Unfortunately not.

But, I have 3 decades clinical experience as a retina surgeon and I can assure you that it is impossible for that laser to have damaged this persons eye by what you have posted.

Best of luck tomorrow.

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Thanks in advance,

Dr. Rick MD FACS