Laser light shows , looses partial vision

July 16th, 2008 - 1:56 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  


Last week in Russia, dozens of partygoers lost their partial vision after a laser light show burned their retinas, Russian health officials said.

Moscow city health department officials confirmed 12 cases of laser-blindness at the Central Ophthalmological Clinic, and daily newspaper Kommersant said another 17 were registered at City Hospital 32 in the centre of the capital.

On July 5, at Aquamarine Open Air Festival in Kirzhach, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Moscow, began seeking medical help days after the show, complaining of eye and vision problems.

“They all have retinal burns, scarring is visible on them. Loss of vision in individual cases is as high as 80 percent, and regaining it is already impossible,” Kommersant quoted a treating ophthalmologist as saying.

“I immediately had a spot like when you stare into the sun,” rave-attendee Dmitry told Kommersant.

“After three days I decided to go to the hospital. They examined me, asked if I had been at Open Air, and then put me straight in the hospital. I didn’t even get to go home and get my stuff,” he said.

Cosmic Connection, the promoters of the Aquamarine rave, are unreachable and didn’t list their contact numbers on their Web site.

The site is said focused laser light can cause eye damage almost instantly.

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