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January 2006


Congenital Nuclear Cataract

Angela J. Chappell, Flinders Medical Centre Bedford Park, Adelaide, Australia

The photograph shows a congenital nuclear cataract. The opacified central nucleus stands out against the relatively clear outer lens.

The patient had similar appearances in both eyes and a positive family history, suggesting possible autosomal dominance. Changes may be only slowly progressive. This patient required surgery in the late teenage years.

Written by Jamie Craig, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia. Blink is edited by Richard E. Hackel, MA, CRA, FOPS.