Basic Info Before Using Laser Pointers
The use of laser pointers in the public is something that just can’t be taken lightly and whether you believe it or not, it’s actually a big concern in the public. Despite of its ability to burn and brilliant beams, these high powered laser pointers as well as portable laser are a danger to the eyes.
These pointers represent real dangers to the eyes. Your eyes wouldn’t be able to recover or heal because its visual receptors are part of the central nervous system; so better learn how to take care of it. When it comes to power output, laser pointers are not actually releasing great amount of power like what you think. If you are a bit skeptical, then try comparing it to the typical light globes which have 75 or 100mW. With this being said, you may be wondering on how these pointers are danger to the eyes? The answer to that lies into 2 unique properties of the pointers.
Number. 1 focused and coherent – the way how the energy is released from these pointers follow the same principle as what magnifying glasses do in focusing the sun.
Number 2. Collimated – because of the reason that the light is not spreading from the laser after it’s released, it is what making it a real danger especially when pointed at close distance.
Well, this isn’t to say that you should feel afraid for using laser pointers but what you must do is to treat it with respect and apply caution when using it. In the end, by following simple guidelines, you can ensure that everyone’s safe and avoid the dangers of such.
Tip number 1. No matter what you are doing, it is never nice to point the laser to anyone, particularly straight in their eyes.
Tip number 2. Don’t look directly to the beam of the laser under any circumstances, even if it is only a low powered laser. Probably, you don’t like to take your chances, considering that it may potentially damage your vision.
Tip number 3. It is your job to be conscious of your surroundings and check if there are reflected surfaces like glass, mirrors or metal polished; if there are, then don’t use your laser pointers. The reason for this is that, the beam will bounce back and damage your eyes.
Tip number 4. Consider to only use the laser when you are in a controlled place because like what’s mentioned earlier, you have to apply caution when using it.
Tip number 5. Don’t let other people to use the pointer unless they are well aware of how to use it and the dangers associated with such device.
If you stick to these guidelines and practice care and common sense, you’ll do fine in using laser pointers.