COECSA, Journal, Ophthalmology
Solar retinopathy following religious ritual ceremony: A case report from Blantyre, Malawi


Solar retinopathy
Eclipse retinopathy
Ultra-violet radiation

How to Cite

M, G., CS, M., & PC, K. (2020). Solar retinopathy following religious ritual ceremony: A case report from Blantyre, Malawi. The Journal of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, 19(1). Retrieved from


Solar retinopathy is a retinal damage as a result of direct or indirect exposure to the solar radiation. It usually
occurs following direct viewing of an eclipse without adequate protective devices. It may also occur following
prolonged gazing at the sun, during sun bathing, and in patients with psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia
or drug intoxication.
We discuss the clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment of a 26 year old woman who developed solar
retinopathy after prolonged gazing at the sun during a religious ritual.



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