University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Posterior Polar Cataract

Contributor: Lindsay McConnell, MD

Photographer: Cindy Montague, CRA

Posterior polar cataracts are a form of congenital cataract commonly associated with posterior capsule changes. They can be autosomal dominant or sporadic and are more commonly bilateral. They are rarely visually significant and are usually stable, but may progress over time. This 42-year-old patient was referred from an outside provider with complaints of blurred vision at distance and near in addition to being bothered by glare. He had 2.5 mm concentric posterior polar opacities in both eyes and elected to undergo cataract extraction.

Posterior polar cataract

posterior polar cataract, red reflex

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last updated: 06/29/2015
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