Published On: May 6th, 2013Categories: Eye Health Care

A punch in the eye can make you see stars — literally.

An Austrian man has developed a star-shaped (stellate) cataract after a blow to the eye that had occurred nearly nine months earlier, according to a case report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The 55-year-old experienced increasingly blurry vision over the six months after the punch, after which time he visited his eye doctor.

The trauma to the eye had damaged the eye’s lens, triggering the formation of a cataract — and a peculiarly shaped one at that.

Cataracts typically form with old age, but it’s also common for them to develop after an eye injury. What is most striking about this particular case is that the cataract formed a distinct star shape.

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Source: All About Vision

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