Mrs. tracer is worried about my health. When I prepare small cups of liquid in our microwave oven, I watch them like a hawk (through the Faraday-cage-protected glass window in the oven door) to make sure they don’t boil over. Mrs. tracer doesn’t want me to do this because, she contends, the microwave radiation that leaks through the Faraday cage and the door seals can damage my retinas if I’m looking directly into it.
Is there any truth to this notion? Any cases of retinal damaged from prolonged microwave ogling? Personally, I’d think that if there was enough microwave energy escaping from my oven to damage my retinae, it wouldn’t matter whether I was looking straight into it or looking away (what with the lenses of my eyes being optimal for focusing visible light on my retinae, not high-frequency radio).