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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Epicapsular stars and persistent pupillary membrane

Contributor :Jesse Vislisel, MD

Epicapsular stars

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Epicapsular stars are tiny, stellate, pigmented opacities on the anterior lens capsule. Persistent pupillary membranes are fine iris strands extending across the pupil to other areas of iris (type I) or to the lens (type II) as seen in this photo. Both are remnants of the tunica vasculosa lentis, a vacular network that surrounds the lens during embryogenesis.

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last updated: 07/22/2013
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