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December 1967

Lens Findings in Atomic Bomb Survivors: A Review of Major Ophthalmic Surveys at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (1949-1962)

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC
From the departments of ophthalmology and statistics, Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, a research agency of the US National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council. Dr. Miller is presently at the Sunnyvale Medical Clinic, Sunnyvale, Calif; Dr. Fujino is now at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tokyo School of Medicine, Hongo, Tokyo, Japan.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1967;78(6):697-704. doi:10.1001/archopht.1967.00980030699002

In the eye examinations of Japanese survivors of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there is only one finding which is consistently present in all examinations throughout the years. This is the presence of posterior subcapsular changes in the lens. These changes range from those barely discernible with the slitlamp biomicroscope, through a heavy posterior subcapsular plaque and, in a few instances, to complete opacification of the lens. Except for the very few instances, in which there is marked opacity of the lens, there is little alteration in the visual acuity of the patients. No other eye findings attributable to radiation have been found.

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