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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 162

Feathery cataract

Department of Vitreo-Retina, Aravind Eye Hospital, S. N. High Road, Vannarpettai, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication01-Apr-2021

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Dr. Smital M Metange
Aravind Eye Hospital, S. N. High Road, Vannarpettai, Tirunelveli - 627 001, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_3388_20

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Khadar SA, Metange SM. Feathery cataract. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2021;1:162

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Khadar SA, Metange SM. Feathery cataract. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2023 Mar 29];1:162. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2021/1/2/162/312409

Transient posterior subcapsular “feathery” cataract or gas desiccation cataract often presents within 24 h of surgery in vitrectomized gas-filled eyes due to the contact of tamponading gas with posterior surface of crystalline lens leading to the disruption of metabolic exchanges between the lens and aqueous.[1],[2] This can be avoided by leaving some anterior cortical vitreous behind the lens during vitrectomy and proper posturing of the patient post vitrectomy. Prolonged contact of gas bubble with the lens can result in permanent irreversible posterior subcapsular cataract and acceleration of nuclear opacification.[3] We report a case of a 24-year-old man who developed “feathery” cataract [Figure 1] post vitrectomy, internal limiting membrane peeling and air bubble injection in the left eye for the symptomatic secondary epiretinal membrane developed post laser for Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy.
Figure 1: Slit-lamp photograph of the left eye showing feather-like linear opacities in the posterior subcapsular cortex of the crystalline lens with clear demarcation of vitreal gas and fluid appreciated below the lenticular opacity in the image

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Hsuan JD, Brown NA, Bron AJ, Patel CK, Rosen PH. Posterior subcapsular and nuclear cataract after vitrectomy. J Cataract Refract Surg 2001;27:437-44.  Back to cited text no. 2
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