[Skip to Navigation]
[Skip to Navigation Landing]
Article
December 1943

DYSTROPHIC CATARACTS AND THEIR RELATION TO OTHER "METABOLIC" CATARACTS

Author Affiliations

BALTIMORE
From the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1943;30(6):751-762. doi:10.1001/archopht.1943.00880240065006
Abstract

In the various papers on cataract, generalizations concerning cataract as the result of local or general nutritional disturbances, endocrine disturbances, osmotic disturbances and others have led to much confusion. In a previous paper1 I outlined a classification of experimental cataracts as diabetic, tetanic and dystrophic, on the basis of their allied manifestations and developmental features. The object of this paper is to correlate this classification with the "metabolic" cataracts observed in human beings and, in particular, to discuss the relation of the experimental and the clinical cataracts of the dystrophic group. The object of this classification is not primarily a diagnostic one, but is the unification and differentiation of features which should help in delimiting the various groups of cataract and the consideration of these groups from the standpoint of the difference in pathogenesis.

In the bibliographic analysis2 that follows, attention has been especially focused on the dystrophic

×