Senile Calcific Plaque
Photographer: Audrey C. Ko, MD
Posted June 26, 2018
Senile calcific plaques are a relatively common incidental finding in the sclera of elderly patients. They are classically described as ovoid, well-demarcated, greyish lesions found just anterior to the insertion of the horizontal recti. Their appearance is attributed to age-related degeneration and subsequent calcification of the scleral hyaline . This degeneration is not associated with structural weakening of the globe. Moreover, because they are usually asymptomatic, self-limiting, and not correlated with systematic disease, senile calcific plaques are rarely a cause for concern.
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