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Can a camera flash really damage a baby's eyes?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not likely

Lengthy exposure to very bright artificial light may possibly damage the retina, but a brief camera flash is quite unlikely to cause any serious harm. Sunlight, on the other hand, can be very dangerous even with brief exposure due to the high levels of ultraviolet light contained in sunshine.

In brief: Not likely

Lengthy exposure to very bright artificial light may possibly damage the retina, but a brief camera flash is quite unlikely to cause any serious harm. Sunlight, on the other hand, can be very dangerous even with brief exposure due to the high levels of ultraviolet light contained in sunshine.
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
The eye is an efficient absorber of uv light and will not usually cause permanent damage. The overall light input from sunlight is focused on the retina and can burn into the light receptors dropping the vision. Staring at the sun is painful but this is an issue whenever there is an eclipse. It is not the uv light that is the problem
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No effect

the light from a flash is too unfocused and of low intensity that it cannot damage a baby's eyes.
Otherwise since we compulsively take pictures of infants and babies, we would by now have an epidemic of damaged eyes.

In brief: No effect

the light from a flash is too unfocused and of low intensity that it cannot damage a baby's eyes.
Otherwise since we compulsively take pictures of infants and babies, we would by now have an epidemic of damaged eyes.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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