optical mice light

  Mr_Nice_Guy 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!

  y_not 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.

  Gaz 25 19:52 27 Nov 2003

Its not wise to look into them....

On mine it has a laser warning.

  Mr_Nice_Guy 20:22 27 Nov 2003

thanks all. I will bear all in mind.

  AubreyS 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

  Mr_Nice_Guy 22:35 27 Nov 2003

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

  Mr_Nice_Guy 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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