Laser pointer burns hole in boy's retina

A large hole and other injured spots were visible in the boy's left eye.

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  • The laser pointer caused permanent eye damage, doctors say
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(CNN)A 9-year-old boy in Greece permanently injured his left eye when he repeatedly gazed into a laser pointer's green beam, doctors say.

Examination revealed a large hole in the macula, a small area in the retina that helps with discerning detail in faces and while reading or driving, the doctors said in a case report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Further imaging revealed two more injured areas below the macular hole.

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