A press release published in the March/obernest Online Magazine, titled “cannons go paperless” by Amy Bass, is another example of an article that doesn’t apply to laser toys. The article discusses paperless office work which would presumably include computers, laptops and other electronics equipment. The press release doesn’t mention any toy or device that can be converted into a paperless computer system. Also, the press release discusses safety in the workplace which may include avoiding ladders and other work-related hazards.
The original article was published in the Laser gun toy Journal of Neurotherapy. The article was written by Michael J. Sadowsky, MS, RN, PT. In his paper, Mr. Sadowsky refers to two different laser devices but does not use the term “laser toys.” This article was written to inform readers that although the original technology was used to develop lasers have been used to successfully treat different diseases for more than half a century, lasers and their use as toys is still not scientifically proven.
It is interesting to note that the article was written by a practitioner who is a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). However, the organization isn’t part of the American Association of Clinical Laser Medicine or ACML. These are professional organizations that specialize in clinical research, education and certification. Although the society has members who are also patent practitioners, Mr. Sadowsky does not appear to be a member of either one. This is important because this doesn’t mean that he doesn’t know what he is talking about when he talks about safety standards for laser toys. It only means that he is communicating via the Internet and has chosen to discuss the topic in that manner.
He mentions three different eye damage causes and then says that playing with lasers on a regular basis is fine. He admits that high power lasers can cause eye damage over time, but omits the long term consequences of playing with them. His advice would be to limit the exposure of your children to these high power lasers. He recommends using a good eye shield when playing laser toys. The problem is that most children don’t have eye shields and the laser toys on the market today still pose a threat to developing babies born to mothers with no eye protection.
When discussing laser toys, Mr. Sadowsky mentions that some of them are used properly and others are not. He recommends that you read the instructions carefully before playing with any of the devices. If you purchase a device that is too powerful, it could cause skin burns. Also, when lasers are used properly they have no effect on the health of the user, but they do produce ionic currents that are harmful if ingested. If children are exposed to these currents, they can develop anemia, a condition that results from lowered red blood cell counts. Other effects caused by these currents include pain, burning sensations and, in rare cases, burning or damage to the eyes.
Mr. Sadowsky makes a valid point about the importance of following safety guidelines when using lasers in toys and lasers are very safe when they are used correctly. However, he makes the point that most safety guidelines are more for adults than for children. As with any technology that is used in modern life there are always risks involved. It is up to parents to take those risks into consideration when buying laser toys and it is up to retailers to ensure that those toys are sold within the safety parameters established by government agencies.