An electrician was left with permanent stars in his eyes after being electrocuted by 14,000 volts in an accident at work.
The high-voltage current surged through the bloke's body, including the optic nerve that connects eye and brain, after his shoulder touched a live wire. He ended up with bizarre star-shaped cataracts as a result.
The New England Journal of Medicine detailed the extraordinary incident and Dr Bobby Korn, an associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego, treated the patient only known to be 42 years old and from California.
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"The optic nerve is similar to any wire that conducts electricity," Dr Korn told NBC News. "The extreme current and voltage that passed through this important natural wire caused damage to the optic nerve itself," Dr Korn told NBC News.
The patient was experiencing vision problems four weeks after the accident and an examination showed the man had "striking cataracts in both of his eyes" that were star-shaped. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye.
Then, four months after the incident, the bloke had surgery to remove the cataracts and implant a new lens. Dr Korn said his vision improved slightly after but that the damage to the optic nerve still limited the man's sight.
Ten years later in 2014, the man was reported to still have poor vision in both of his eyes.
The man's case was reported in the Jan. 23, 2004, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Meanwhile, a man who almost had his entire face electrocuted off looks unrecognisable after getting a first-of-its-kind transplant.
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Aaron James, 46, from Hot Springs, Arkansas, suffered severe facial and eye damage after being shocked by a live wire at work. The dad was on a job for his power line company when he nearly died.
Aaron had extensive facial injuries including a missing nose, lips and severe damage to the eye – meaning it had to be removed. He also lost his right arm in the horror accident.
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