Ophthalmic manifestations of lightning strike

Surv Ophthalmol. 2001 Jul-Aug;46(1):19-24. doi: 10.1016/s0039-6257(01)00232-6.


Every year in the USA, 100-150 people die and 1000-1500 others are injured by lightning strikes. Ophthalmic and neurologic injuries from lightning strike are common. The most common permanent ocular sequela is cataract, but many areas of the eye can be affected. Prompt evaluation by an ophthalmologist is imperative for maximizing outcomes. Incidence and mechanisms of lightning strike injury are summarized, with special emphasis on the treatment of ocular injuries.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cataract / etiology
  • Eye Injuries / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Lightning Injuries / complications*