I've Just Accidentally Discharged a Home IPL Device into my Open Eyes, from a Distance of About 10cm. Worried!
- Asked by Cassandra in Australia
- 2 years ago
I've just accidentally discharged a home IPL device into my open eyes, from a distance of about 10cm. The safety device on the machine was meant to prevent this from being able to occur. I've been to my local hospital - they were unconcerned and laughing at me in fact. My vision is fine at the moment, although it was severely blurred and dark for about 10 minutes after exposure. Is there a chance my eyesight could deteriorate? I am incredibly worried. Please advise.
IPL should not be used at home
You should have your eyes examined by an ophthalmologist. Chances are your IPL device is too weak to cause damage. You should report this event to the manufacturer of this device and consider not using it again.
You will likely be OK. Check with an eye doctor to be sure.
Home IPL's are not super powerful and IPL light is not coherent, so it is less likely to damage the eye than a powerful laser. None the less, check with a good eye doctor and follow his/her recommendations.
IPL and accidental eye injury
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