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Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 724395, 3 pages
Case Report

Unilateral, Isolated, Paediatric Lightning-Induced Cataract: A Case Report

Division of Ophthalmology, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and the University of Cape Town, Klipfontein Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town 7700, South Africa

Received 11 June 2011; Accepted 3 July 2011

Academic Editors: J. F. Arevalo, E. Chihara, and M. B. Parodi

Copyright © 2011 G. J. Rogers and R. Grotte. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A six-year-old girl presented with gradual loss of vision in the left eye a year after sustaining a lightning strike while in her home. Examination revealed healed burns to her cheek, left arm, and right leg and a dense left cataract. There was no evidence of other ocular sequelae, and her right eye was normal. Cataract surgery and lens implantation were performed on the left eye with good results. Isolated, unilateral, paediatric cataract due to lightning is discussed.