Electrician Survives 14,000 Volt Shock


This incredible photograph shows a man who was left with stars in his eyes after suffering from a 14,000-volt shock.

The 42-year-old electrician from California, United States, experienced the shock after his left shoulder came into contact with the current.

Four weeks later, suffering from reduced vision, he went to his doctor who found he had developed star-shaped cataracts.

Electrician Survives 14,000 Volt Shock

This electrician was left with stars in his eyes after experiencing a 14,000-volt shock through his body

The shock caused an electric current to pass through his whole body, including the optic nerve, which connects the eyes to the brain.

Dr Bobby Korn, an associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego, told Live Science: ‘In this case, the extreme current and voltage that passed through this important natural  wire caused damage to the optic nerve itself.’

But he has not been able to explain why the cataracts took on star shapes.

The unnamed man has had the star-shaped lenses removed but still has poor vision because of damage to his optic nerve.

He is due to be treated by having his cataracts removed by a complete visual recovery ‘may be limited’, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

The 42-year-old electrician suffered the shock after his left shoulder came into contact with the current

Last year a man in Austria was also reported to have developed a cataract shaped like a star after he was punched, according to Discovery News.

This man, 55, went to his doctor nine months on after his vision had gradually deteriorated.

His doctor, Dr Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said: ‘Nature has made a beautiful cataract… Most aren’t so pretty.’


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