5 Things To Remember When Using Laser Pointers
Safety using high powered laser pointers is a big concern among public and something that can’t be disregarded. Despite its brilliant beams, the use of high powered laser pointers and portable lasers as well can bring dangers to the eyes.
The danger that these pointers represent into your eyes are no laughing matter. The visual receptors of your eyes are part of central nervous system which means that if it gets damaged, then they would not be able to heal or recover. Contrary to what you think, these laser pointers aren’t actually bringing immense amount of power. If you are a bit skeptical, then try comparing it to the typical light globes which have 75 or 100mW. Well, if that is the case, how come these pointers become a danger to one’s 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.
This doesn’t literally say that you must steer clear from using laser pointers rather, you have to learn how to treat it right and carefully. After all, you can easily avoid dealing with the dangers of such by following basic guidelines which will ensure everyone’s safety.
Tip number 1. You must not point the laser to anyone even if it’s just horseplay, more so not point it directly 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. No one wanted to lose their vision of course, so why would you dare to take your chances in doing such thing.
Tip number 3. You have to be aware and conscious of the reflective surfaces when using your laser pointers similar to glass, polished metal or mirrors. It’s due to the reason that the beam may reflect and cause harm to your eyes.
Tip number 4. Like what is said, practice caution when using the laser, preferably only in controlled environment.
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.
As long as you follow these 5 simple rules, you will be fine in using laser pointers.