Long-term changes in optic coherence tomography in a child with laser pointer maculopathy: A case report and mini review

Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther. 2017 Jun;18:264-266. doi: 10.1016/j.pdpdt.2017.03.012. Epub 2017 Mar 24.


With a wide range of applications, laser pointers used as toys by children has become a major public safety problem worldwide. Here we present a long term followup of a ten-year-old boy retina injured patient who suffered from green light laser pointer. Retina injured patients caused by green light laser pointer were traditionally treated by steroid. We gave Lutein treatment prescription according to the wishes of the patient's parents. Over 12 months followup, the patient's visual acuity and retinal recovery outcomes were similar as in cases with steroid treatment. Primary school teacher and parents should pay more attention to children playing with laser pointer to prevent laser injury accident through school and family education.

Keywords: Laser pointer maculopathy; Long-term outcomes; Optic coherence tomography; Steroid treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Disease Progression
  • Eye Injuries / drug therapy
  • Eye Injuries / etiology*
  • Eye Injuries / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Lasers / adverse effects*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Lutein / administration & dosage
  • Male
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Retina / injuries*
  • Retina / pathology
  • Retina / radiation effects*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Lutein