Limited information is known about the extent of canthaxanthin crystalline retinopathy on the retinal layers. The authors describe a 51-year-old woman who was taking canthaxanthin for tanning purposes for 7 years. Three years after cessation of this agent, she presented with asymmetric crystalline retinopathy affecting both eyes. She was lost to follow-up, and upon returning 4 years later, the crystalline retinopathy persisted but the number of crystals had decreased. Using swept-source optical coherence tomography, the authors showed that the crystalline retinopathy affected all retinal layers. In addition, retinal pigmented epithelial detachments were present suggesting persistent damage caused by the canthaxanthin.
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