retinopathy

noun

ret·​i·​nop·​a·​thy ˌre-tə-ˈnä-pə-thē How to pronounce retinopathy (audio)
plural retinopathies
: any of various noninflammatory disorders of the retina including some that cause blindness

Examples of retinopathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the intensity of solar retinopathy causes permanent damage that isn’t immediately apparent. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 9 Apr. 2024 Treatment options for solar retinopathy are limited, according to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2024 The most common cause of solar retinopathy is viewing a solar eclipse, also called eclipse blindness. Jason Rossi, The Enquirer, 8 Apr. 2024 According to a 2013 study published in Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine, solar retinopathy often goes unnoticed initially because its symptoms are subtle and can easily be overlooked. George Dvorsky / Gizmodo, Quartz, 13 Mar. 2024 During the 2017 total solar eclipse, a young woman was diagnosed with solar retinopathy, retinal damage from exposure to solar radiation, in both eyes after viewing the eclipse with what doctors believed were eclipse glasses not held to the safety standard. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 Some studies suggest that CBD may help protect against diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness in individuals with diabetes. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Failing to use eclipse glasses, or using fraudulent glasses, can lead to irreparable visual damage — a condition known as solar retinopathy. George Dvorsky / Gizmodo, Quartz, 1 Apr. 2024 The primary risk is eclipse blindness, or solar retinopathy, which is caused by staring directly at the sun without eye protection. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of retinopathy was in 1930

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“Retinopathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retinopathy. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

retinopathy

noun
ret·​i·​nop·​a·​thy ˌret-ᵊn-ˈäp-ə-thē How to pronounce retinopathy (audio)
plural retinopathies
: any of various noninflammatory disorders of the retina including some that cause blindness
diabetic retinopathy
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