Optical coherence tomography and clinical evolution in a case of laser pointer-induced maculopathy.

Poster Details

First Author: A.Zubicoa SPAIN

Co Author(s):    P. Plaza   A. Alcaine   M. Ardanaz   M. Echeverria   L. Tabuenca   M. Mozo              

Abstract Details


To describe the optical coherence tomography (OCT) and clinical findings in a case of laser pointer-induced maculopathy: long-term follow up.


Handheld lasers may cause retinal damage. OCT can help to diagnose and monitor these lesions over time.


Retrospective case review of a 16-year-old male with retinal injury secondary to handheld laser pointer exposure.The patient underwent ophthalmologic examination and OCT at presentation and follow-up 4 years after exposure.


A 16-year-old male presented with decreased vision after exposure to a laser pointer. On the examination best corrected visual acuity was 20/200 in right eye and 20/25 in left eye. Fundus examination revealed a yellowish round spots in the foveal area of both eyes. Optical coherence tomography showed a disruption of the hyperreflective lines in both eyes. A 3 month follow up visit the visual acuity improved to 20/100 in right eye. After 4 years the visual acuity improved to 20/32.


Vision impairment from laser pointers may be transient althought retinal changes can be permanent.

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