Blizzard of '83 Erythropsia

Paul Sternberg, Warren R. Fagadau, Robert W. Massof, Waiter J. Stark

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To the Editor: In the aftermath of the blizzard of'83 (Feb. 11), many patients in the Baltimore area who had aphakia or pseudophakia reported the acute onset of “red vision” after outdoor activity, such as snow shoveling. Visual acuities were unaffected, and funduscopic examination revealed no macular abnormalities. This phenomenon, referred to as erythropsia, is a form of chromatopsia, in which there is a perversion of color vision. Chromatopsia may be seen as a manifestation of drug intoxication (i.e., digitalis),1 in association with jaundice, subsequent to intraocular hemorrhage, or in the context of focal cerebral pathology.2 In addition, patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1482-1483
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 16 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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