Indian Journal of Ophthalmology - Case Reports

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

Feathery cataract

Syed Mohideen Abdul Khadar, Smital M Metange 
 Department of Vitreo-Retina, Aravind Eye Hospital, S. N. High Road, Vannarpettai, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India

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

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Khadar SA, Metange SM. Feathery cataract. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 May 15 ];1:162-162
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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}

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