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April 1966

Alopecia Areata and Cataract: A Slit-lamp Study

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From the Skin and Eye Departments, St. Thomas's Hospital, London.

Arch Dermatol. 1966;93(4):411-412. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600220023007

Fifty-eight patients with alopecia areata have been examined with a slit-lamp. Symptomless punctate lens opacities were found in nine patients (17%). Similar lens changes occurred in four of 20 control patients (20%) with normal vision.

As the significance of minor lens changes in alopecia areata is difficult to determine, we do not advocate routine slit-lamp examinations in these patients.

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