How do I know if I got a laser beam in the eye?

Most of the time, if you get hit in the eye with a laser beam, you will know it.

  • A low power visible beam will cause you to finch and move your head away (“blink response” or “light aversion”).
  • An intermediate or UV laser beam pulse or irradiation might show itself as pain and itching (like getting sand or some irritant in the eye) as you may encounter Photokeratitis.
  • A high power beam (any wavelength) shot directly in the eye could destroy your eye at the speed of light.
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