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Published On: Sat, Jan 25th, 2014

California electrician has ‘star shaped cataracts’ in his eyes after electrical accident PHOTOS

A California man’s illness is being featured in the New England Journal of Medicine. After a work-related accident, the electrician has been left with amazing and bizarre star-shaped cataracts in his eyes.

The new report details how the man’s left shoulder came into contact with 14,000 volts of electricity, and an electric current passed through his entire body, including the optic nerve — the nerve that connects the back of the eye to the brain.

“The optic nerve is similar to any wire that conducts electricity,” said Dr. Bobby Korn, an associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego, who treated the patient. “In this case, the extreme current and voltage that passed through this important natural wire caused damage to the optic nerve itself,” Korn said.

Four weeks after the accident, Korn evaluated the patient, who was experiencing vision problems.

An examination showed the man had “striking cataracts in both of his eyes,” that were star-shaped, Korn said. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye.

The man has had surgery to remove the cataracts and implant a new lens, and his vision improved slightly after the operation, Korn said.

However, the damage to his optic nerve still limited the man’s sight, Korn said.

Now, 10 years later, the man still has poor vision in both of his eyes, Korn said. He is able to commute on public transportation and take classes at a community college using assistance, Korn said.

The man’s case is reported in the Jan. 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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