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Retina:
doi: 10.1097/IAE.0b013e31823f9b65
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SOLAR RETINOPATHY: A Photobiologic and Geophysical Analysis

Yannuzzi, Lawrence A. MD; Fisher, Yale L. MD; Slakter, Jason S. MD; Krueger, Arlin PhD

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Abstract

Abstract: A series of young adult patients developed solar retinopathy during sun exposure over a two-day period in a particular region of the United States during March of 1986. Evaluation of the photobiological and geophysical parameters involved in solar retinitis are presented. A multifactorial pathogenesis is proposed. Of interest, a possible increase in terrestrial ultra-violet B radiation secondary to a localized relatively low ozone column during the days involved may have contributed to the retinal damage. Recommendations for protection from solar retinitis are noted.

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