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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Cerulean cataract

Cerulean cataract

Category(ies): Cataract
Contributor: Justin Risma, MD
Photographer: Brice Critser, CRA

Cerulean cataracts are composed of small bluish dot-like opacities in the peripheral lens cortex. They usually do not cause visual symptoms. This patient also has a dense central posterior subcapsular cataract which was visually significant.

Contributor: Matt Ward, MD

This is a congenital cataract that is rarely visually significant and strikingly beautiful. Cerulean is a sky blue color, the word deriving from the Latin word for 'heaven' and also related to copper--imagine the blue color on tarnished copper.