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Visual outcome in patients with isolated autosomal dominant congenital cataract.

Authors
  • Francis, P J
  • Ionides, A
  • Berry, V
  • Bhattacharya, S
  • Moore, A T
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ophthalmology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2001
Volume
108
Issue
6
Pages
1104–1108
Identifiers
PMID: 11382637
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Patients with isolated inherited congenital cataract have a better visual and surgical outcome than those with coexisting ocular and systemic abnormalities. The improved prognosis is related in part to the lack of other developmental abnormalities of the eye, and, because inherited cataracts are often partial at birth, surgery may be delayed to later infancy and childhood when there is a lower incidence of surgical complications and refractive correction is easier. Certain inherited phenotypes (lamellar, pulverulent, polymorphic, coralliform, and cortical) also seem to have a better prognosis, and this should be borne in mind when counseling these families. A large number of the patients in this study underwent surgery many years previously, when surgical outcomes were less favorable, and thus the results of this study establish only a minimum acuity dataset for the purposes of counseling.

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