A very strange side effect of electrical shock is described here.
Yes, you can have stars in your eyes. Unfortunately. That’s the lesson one electrician learned the hard way.
The unidentified man, 42, developed star-shaped cataracts after being shocked by 14,000 volts of electricity on his shoulder.
Here is the original piece in New England Journal of Medicine. Ocular Manifestation of Electrical Burn — NEJM.
He had trouble with his eyesight a few weeks after getting shocked in an accident related to his job as an electrician. The star-shapes appeared in both eyes. The optic nerve conducts electricity.
“The optic nerve is similar to any wire that conducts electricity. In this case, the extreme current and voltage that passed through this important natural wire caused damage to the optic nerve itself,” said Dr. Bobby Korn, who treated the man.
The reason for star shaped cataracts occurring is still not completely understood. In some studies on animals, it appears that when the lens comes into contact with electricity, small bubbles form, called vacuoles, which eventually merge to form the star shaped cataracts.
I found another case of a star-shaped cataract in the eye caused by a punch.
Tip: Joy Harris