Australian health officials have issued a warning for parents around the world - laser pointers are not toys.
A Tasmanian teenager lost 75 percent of his vision after shining a laser pointer in his eyes, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
Optometrists are now warning parents of the dangers associated with a small device that may be considered as just a toy.
The 14-year-old's family physician called optometrist Ben Armitage to investigate why the boy was having trouble with his vision, and it quickly became clear.
Armitage stated: 'He came in to see me and on the Friday night he'd got a hold of a laser pen and unfortunately shined it in his eyes for a very brief period of time.'
The optometrist photographed the teenager's eyes and found that he had burned his retinas, which permanently damaged the back of his eyes.