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August 1955

Postnatal Development of Lamellar Cataracts in Premature Infants

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;54(2):257-258. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930020263014

Lamellar cataracts are commonly thought to arise during gestation. Two cases, however, were reported by Guy1 recently in which the opacities were observed to occur after birth. Two similar infants are here reported whose lenses were clear shortly after birth and who subsequently developed bilateral lamellar cataracts

Bellows2 states that Becker (1874), Jaeger (1881), Galezowski (1881), and others were of the opinion that lamellar cataracts developed prenatally, whereas von Graefe (1855), Panas, and Groenouw believed they appeared postnatally. Unilateral lamellar cataract has been observed in patients with keratitis (Becker, 1874) and after trauma (von Graefe, 1855-1857 and Law),3 but none of these cases was proved not to have had the cataract prior to the disease or injury. Bellows also states that bilateral lamellar cataracts have been observed to develop in relation to tetany. Nevertheless, bilateral lamellar cataracts in the absence of tetany, local disease, or injury have

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