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Man develops star-shaped cataracts after electrical burn

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The picture says it all. A electrician in California developed star-shaped cataracts in his eyes after a being electrocuted during a job.

The starry-eyed pictures surfaced on the web Friday after the man's case was reported in the Thursday issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The man's left shoulder hit 14,000 volts of electricity, and an electric current passed through his body, including the optic nerve connecting the back of the eye to the brain.

Dr. Bobby Korn, at the University of California treated the man and says, "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."

Four weeks after the accident, Korn evaluated the patient, who was experiencing vision problems. An examination showed the man had "striking cataracts in both of his eyes," that were star-shaped.

The man had surgery to remove the cataracts four months later and his vision improved slightly. But the damage to his optic nerve still limited the man's sight, Korn said tells Huffington Post.

Korn says eye is like a camera. If the lens get damaged, it can be replaced with a new one, but if the optic nerve and retina is damaged, "you'll never get a good picture," Korn said.

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