Laser Pointers Pose Risk Of Impaired Vision For EXO At Recent Beijing Concert
By Tamar Herman | July 21, 2015 08:43 AM EDT
Fans of K-pop boy band EXO raised awareness to a growing problem at concerts that could lead to vision problems for the idols.
Photos from EXO's "EXO'LuXion" concert tour in Beijing from over the weekend were uploaded to Twitter, highlighting the visible lights from laser pointers on the faces of multiple members of EXO. The pictures showed direct laser light on or near the eyes of at least three members of the K-pop act.
Laser pointers can lead to temporary or, occasionally, permanent vision damages.
Several images show the red light of laser pointers directly on the eyes of EXO's Kai, and on the faces of Chanyeol and Baekhyun. An image of at least one person allegedly using the laser is also circulating.
The Korean term "laser" became a trending term on Twitter after the images began circulating on social media websites. There are no reports of injuries from the EXO concert.
Shining laser pointers at airplanes is illegal in the United States due to the risks associated with the laser beams.
The United States' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety notification in 2010, regarding the risk of injuries to eyes and skin due to hand-held lasers. Depending on the output power of hand-held lasers, there can be temporary or permanent risks, including blindness and burns.
Laser pointers are not illegal at concerts in most countries, but are a reoccurring problem at concerts around the world. In 2012, Kanye West made headlines for stopping a show in Paris mid-concert in order to criticize a fan using a laser pointer.
Tamar Herman is a multi-media journalist and the co-founder of KultScene. She is a freelance writer and copy editor, and an MTV Iggy contributor.
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