Retinal light toxicity

P. N. Youssef, N. Sheibani, D. M. Albert

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The ability of light to enact damage on the neurosensory retina and underlying structures has been well understood for hundreds of years. While the eye has adapted several mechanisms to protect itself from such damage, certain exposures to light can still result in temporal or permanent damage. Both clinical observations and laboratory studies have enabled us to understand the various ways by which the eye can protect itself from such damage. Light or electromagnetic radiation can result in damage through photothermal, photomechanical, and photochemical mechanisms. The following review seeks to describe these various processes of injury and many of the variables, which can mitigate these modes of injury. & 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • light-induced retinopathy light-induced retinal degeneration
  • photochemical
  • photomechanical
  • photothermal
  • phototoxic retinopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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