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Photo Essay
December 2003

An Unusual Case of Solar Retinopathy

Arch Ophthalmol. 2003;121(12):1798. doi:10.1001/archopht.121.12.1798

A 53-YEAR-OLD man with type 2 diabetes mellitus complaining of decreased vision was referred to our clinic. His best-corrected visual acuity was 20/40 OD and 20/30 OS. His history was remarkable for habitual cocaine use and prolonged, direct viewing of the sun. For example, he recalled staring at the rising sun for approximately 1 hour each morning, at least 2 days per week, during a 3-year period. He stated that after several observations, he could perceive the corona surrounding the sun.

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