Self-induced laser maculopathy in an adolescent boy utilizing a mirror

Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2015 Apr;46(4):485-8. doi: 10.3928/23258160-20150422-15.


Laser maculopathy is a rare complication that can occur when a beam of laser light is focused directly on the macula. This report describes the first published case of self-induced laser pointer maculopathy that was secondary to laser beam reflection from a mirror. The patient demonstrated both visual and anatomic recovery during the follow-up period. In addition, the issue of discrepancy between the labeled and actual power of laser pointers is addressed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Eye Injuries / diagnosis
  • Eye Injuries / etiology*
  • Eye Injuries / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Lasers / adverse effects*
  • Male
  • Retina / injuries*
  • Retinal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Retinal Diseases / etiology*
  • Retinal Diseases / physiopathology
  • Scotoma / diagnosis
  • Scotoma / etiology*
  • Scotoma / physiopathology
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence
  • Visual Acuity / physiology
  • Visual Fields / physiology