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Baby becomes blind in 1 eye after photographer takes close up photos with flash

By Mason White 5:01 PM July 29, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A baby suffered irreversible damage to his eyes during a photo shoot.

The baby remains blind in one eye after the photographer forgot to turn off the flash while taking close-up photos.

Doctors said that the 3-month-old child, who has not been named, has suffered irreparable damage from the flash of the camera, which was held about 10 inches from the face.

The parents noticed something was wrong with the vision of their baby shortly after the pictures were taken by a family friend.

After the incident, the baby suffered from reduced vision in the left eye and blindness in the right eye. The damage is said to be permanent and cannot be fixed with surgery.

The strong flash has damaged cells on the macula, which is the part of the eye where incoming light rays are focused.

Damage to the macula can lead to loss of central vision, which allows people to see straight.

Experts said that the macula is not fully developed until children are 4 years old, and therefore, young children are very sensitive to bright light.

Experts also warned that just milliseconds of bright light can cause permanent damage.

It is unclear whether the family friend, who took the photo of the baby and caused the blindness, will face any criminal charges.