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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