Vol 2, No 3 (2017)
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A case of macular hole formation by high-power laser pointer

Dorota Borowicz1, Edyta Koman, Anna Matysik-Woźniak, Katarzyna Nowomiejska, Robert Rejdak
Ophthalmol J 2017;2(3):79-82.


Laser pointers are omnipresent. They are used in many spheres of life, e.g. education, medicine, industry, entertainment, and military. The number of reports of eye injury caused by laser pointers when used improperly is growing. We report a case of a 23-year-old man who had a full-thickness macular hole in the left eye after using an inappropriately high powered laser pointer. The patient was treated successfully with 23-gauge pars plana vitrectomy. This case underlines the importance of careful and correct use of laser pointers because of the vision-threatening dangers induced by mishandling these gadgets.

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