Radiation Effects on the Eye

  • Luther W. Brady
  • Theodore E. Yaeger
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Chalupecky (1897) first described the effects of ion-izing radiation on the eye. Subsequent studies by Birch-Hirschpeld (1908) identified the first case of radiation cataract. Definitive investigations on the effects of ionizing radiation on the eye began with Rohrschneider (1929). This author described a gradient in radio sensitivity of the ocular structures extending from the lens (the most sensitive tissue) through the conjunctiva, cornea, uvea, and the retina to the least sensitive tissue — the sclera. Poppe (1942) further elucidated the work of Rohrschneider.


Lacrimal Gland Trabecular Meshwork Ocular Tissue Corneal Ulceration Retinal Edema 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luther W. Brady
    • 1
  • Theodore E. Yaeger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyHahnemann University HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyHalifax Medical CenterDaytona BeachUSA

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