Archie Mapson, who is only nine years old, very nearly lost his sight completely after he had been playing with a laser pointer pen.
The boy caused severe damage to his eyes after pointing the laser pointer pen at them. Within just a few seconds the boy had burnt his retinas.
Mapson, who lives in Essex, now cannot read, can’t recognise his family and his friends, and can’t cross the road on his own as a result of the incident. He can hardly see at all because of the big black spots which are obstructing his vision.
The doctors fear there is a possibility that the damage to the boy’s eyes is irreversible, as the damage to his eyes is too great.
His mother, Emma Carson, said she never imagined that the laser pointer pen, which is sold in toy shops, could result in such a tragedy.
From tests and scans, the boy’s mother said she could actually see the damage caused, as the laser beam burnt her son’s eyes to the point of making holes in the pupil.
The Technical Regulations Division within the Malta Competition and Consumer affairs Authority issued a warning earlier today about the danger of this item which is considered as a toy.
Laser pointer pens cannot be imported into Malta and much less sold from retail outlets, as they are prohibited.
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