Monday, November 22, 2010
Jeez, don't put your kid's eye out
Remember how parents used to say, “You will put your eye out!”
Comedian David Brenner says this confused kids—“We knew people with broken arms, but never an eye out,” he once joked.
Now, all you need to do is get the youngster a laser pointer.
Dan Vergano, USA TODAY, says says the new ones may seem like a neat gift, but can be dangerous.
For one thing, they can be 10,000 times brighter than looking at the sun.
They are sold as party toys—but some party! The New England Journal of Medicine reported a case of a 15-yr-old boy who scarred the retinas of both eyes by creating a light show bounced off a mirror.
The green ones are especially bad because the wavelength does not make you blink.
Good grief—buy something else.
By the way, on that eye out thing--One time when I was at the eye doc, a kid came in with a tree branch in his eye--it can happen.