Seasonal variations in rhegmatogenous retinal detachment as related to meteorological factors

Ophthalmologica. 1986;192(2):97-102. doi: 10.1159/000309620.


The seasonality of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment was investigated in 363 consecutive patients over the period 1974-1983 and compared to meteorological parameter variations over the same period. A highly significant correlation between rhegmatogenous retinal detachment incidence and light flux values was found. Light is suggested to act as a precipitating factor for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment in a damaged retina. The possible mechanisms by which the light could be responsible for retinal detachment occurrence are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Light / adverse effects
  • Male
  • Meteorological Concepts*
  • Middle Aged
  • Retinal Detachment / epidemiology*
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology
  • Retinal Perforations / epidemiology*
  • Retinal Perforations / etiology
  • Seasons*