Photoretinitis

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Photoretinitis is damage to the retina of the eye due to excessive exposure to the sun. This may result from participating in activities in bright sunlight without the use of adequate eye-protection, such as sunglasses. Such outdoor activities could be in various types of locations and weather conditions such as desserts, snow or ice covered landscapes or while exposed to bright sunlight while taking part in water sports.

Photoretinitis may have serious consequences. In extreme cases, the central part of the visual field may be permanently damaged.

See also Snow Blindness.

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The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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