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Sickle form macular whitening in a child after viewing a solar eclipse
  1. FLORIAN K P SUTTER
  1. Klinik für Augenkrankheiten, Kantonsspital St Gallen, CH-9007 St Gallen, Switzerland
  2. Remote Sensing Laboratories, University of Zurich, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland
  3. Klinik für Augenkrankheiten, Kantonsspital St Gallen, CH-9007 St Gallen, Switzerland
  1. ARNOLD BARMETTLER
  1. Klinik für Augenkrankheiten, Kantonsspital St Gallen, CH-9007 St Gallen, Switzerland
  2. Remote Sensing Laboratories, University of Zurich, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland
  3. Klinik für Augenkrankheiten, Kantonsspital St Gallen, CH-9007 St Gallen, Switzerland
  1. HORST HELBIG
  1. Klinik für Augenkrankheiten, Kantonsspital St Gallen, CH-9007 St Gallen, Switzerland
  2. Remote Sensing Laboratories, University of Zurich, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland
  3. Klinik für Augenkrankheiten, Kantonsspital St Gallen, CH-9007 St Gallen, Switzerland
  1. Dr Florian K P Sutter, Klinik für Augenkrankheiten, Kantonsspital St Gallen, CH-9007 St Gallen, Switzerland aass7{at}ms1.kssg.ch

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Editor,—Individual cases of retinopathies after unprotected exposure to sunlight are frequently reported in patients with psychiatric disorders,1 after religious practices,2 3 or related to drug abuse.4Even though knowledge of the harmful effects of sun gazing dates back to ancient times5 there are still many reports on epidemics of patients with solar retinopathy after viewing solar eclipses.6 This case report demonstrates that, despite the availability of cheap and safe protection,7 cases of eclipse retinopathy are still observed and so strong preventive efforts should be made for future eclipses, especially for groups at risk.

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