Risk of Eye and Skin Injuries from Hand-held Laser Pointers

FDA Safety Communication

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding consumers about the risk of eye and skin injuries from exposure to products containing lasers. Although most toys with lasers are safe and comply with performance standards, some laser products such as hand-held laser pointers are being misused as toys.

Laser products operated in an unsafe and uncontrolled manner may cause injury to the user and/or others within range of the laser beam. This is a particular concern for lasers intended for entertainment purposes, especially when used by children as toys.  (read more here).

Last Updated: 2016-02-13

FDA Video on the Laser Pointers for Risk of Eye and Skin Injuries