optical mice light

  [DELETED] 18:53 27 Nov 2003

Hi, i own an optical mouse, and i was told that the light on it can damage your eyes. is this true as the button to press for ID is at the bottom and i cant really help not looking at it.

  Diodorus Siculus 19:01 27 Nov 2003

Never heard that one - unlikely to do any damage just "looking" at the light - different thing altogether if you were to shine it into you eyes directly!

  [DELETED] 19:36 27 Nov 2003

The light from the base of the mouse will not shine directly into your eyes so is unlikely to harm you, however, there are a number of rodents incorporating a pointing device (for presentations) which include a Class 2 laser. If the beam is aimed directly into the eye then damage can occur - these units always come with a clear health warning

  [email protected]@m 19:49 27 Nov 2003

Just as any bright light can damage your eyes, as above, don't look directly at it. You may notice, when you pick it up, the LED will dim.

  [DELETED] 19:52 27 Nov 2003

Its not wise to look into them....

On mine it has a laser warning.

  [DELETED] 20:22 27 Nov 2003

thanks all. I will bear all in mind.

  [DELETED] 20:52 27 Nov 2003

The light is just an infra red LED. It will do you no harm but just as [email protected]@m says, you shouldn't look at any bright light.

  woodchip 21:23 27 Nov 2003

It's not just a red led it is a laser

  woodchip 21:30 27 Nov 2003

PS pic the mouse just of the desk and see the light drop. For safety

  [DELETED] 22:35 27 Nov 2003

what do you mean see the mouse drop? can you be more specific. thanks.,

  [DELETED] 22:37 27 Nov 2003

sorry i mean light drop.. i picked the mouse off the desk and the light was still visible on the mouse mat. is that what you mean.

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