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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 849

Post-vitrectomy reversible “Honeycomb” cataract

Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication16-Jul-2022

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Dr. Amber Amar Bhayana
Dr R P Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi - 110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1129_22

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Bhayana AA, Venkatesh P, Khokhar SK, Prasad P. Post-vitrectomy reversible “Honeycomb” cataract. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2022;2:849

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Bhayana AA, Venkatesh P, Khokhar SK, Prasad P. Post-vitrectomy reversible “Honeycomb” cataract. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Aug 19];2:849. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2022/2/3/849/351116

A 26-year-old male underwent pars plana vitrectomy with C3F8 gas tamponade for a fresh rhegmatogenous retinal detachment in his left eye. The next postoperative day, he had honeycomb-like posterior subcapsular cataract [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b. At one month, only some scars were seen at the posterior capsule [Figure 1]c. The honeycomb cataract developed because of reversible hydration of the lens fibers.[1],[2] The source of hydration, we believe, were the micro-ruptures in the posterior capsule, which possibly occurred during prolonged gas (air and/or C3F8) contact at high pressure (40 mmHg) during the surgery. The scars may represent these micro-ruptures, which got fibrosed.
Figure 1: (a and b) Retro-illumination image showing honeycomb-like cataract on postoperative day 1; (c) retro-illumination image showing disappearance of vacuoles with few remnant opacities at one month

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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. 1
Cheng L, Azen SP, El-Bradey MH, Scholz BM, Chaidhawangul S, Toyoguchi M, et al. Duration of vitrectomy and postoperative cataract in the vitrectomy for macular hole study. Am J Ophthalmol 2001;132:881-7.  Back to cited text no. 2


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