Lightning maculopathy. A case report.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Lightning can cause a number of ocular complications. A case involving a patient who developed a cataract and reversible maculopathy in both eyes after being struck by lightning is reported. METHODS: The patient was evaluated for cataract and macular edema by ophthalmoscopic examination, fluorescein angiography, and potential acuity meter. RESULTS: Maculopathy developed that was characterized initially by a retinal cyst with surrounding edema. Later, the lesions evolved to simulate a full-thickness hole. These lesions subsequently resolved, and the patient's visual acuity improved to 20/20 in each eye after cataract extraction. CONCLUSION: Because the visual prognosis for lightning-induced maculopathy is potentially different than that for full-thickness macular holes, careful retinal examination is essential in the preoperative workup.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Handa, JT; Jaffe, GJ

Published Date

  • 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 169 - 172

PubMed ID

  • 8036327

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0275-004X


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States