Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, itching, erythematous dermatitis, often seen in conjunction with increased levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE) and a history of multiple allergies or asthma. Cataract formation has been reported in up to 25% of patients with atopic dermatitis. The cataracts are usually bilateral, and onset occurs in the second to third decade. Typically, these cataracts are anterior subcapsular opacities in the pupillary area that resemble shieldlike plaques.
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