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Solar retinopathy and associated optical coherence tomography findings.
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PMID:  15575813     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Solar retinopathy is a rare but well-recognised clinical entity of macular damage, caused by viewing a solar eclipse or direct sun-gazing. Visual deterioration from solar retinopathy typically ranges from 6/9 to 6/60 and in most cases the visual loss is reversible. We present a case of solar retinopathy following direct sun-gazing and illustrate the damage within the retinal structure with optical coherence tomographic (OCT) findings. The visual prognosis of solar retinopathy is usually favourable but prevention remains the mainstay of treatment. The optometrist may play an important role in patient education and reassurance, as well as differentiating solar retinopathy from other likely macular abnormalities.
Jennifer C Chen; Lawrence R Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical & experimental optometry : journal of the Australian Optometrical Association     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0816-4622     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Exp Optom     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-03     Completed Date:  2005-02-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703442     Medline TA:  Clin Exp Optom     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  390-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Optometry, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Fundus Oculi
Pigment Epithelium of Eye / pathology
Retina / pathology*
Retinal Diseases / etiology*,  pathology*
Sunlight / adverse effects*
Tomography, Optical Coherence*

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