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November 1971

Hypoglycemia and Infantile Cataract

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;86(5):495-498. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.01000010497002

Thirteen cases of infantile cataract in association with hypoglycemia include three children with neonatal hypoglycemia, three with idiopathic hypoglycemia and seven with ketotic hypoglycemia. The typical case is a male subject, born after a complicated pregnancy and small for his gestational age, with bilateral cataracts of the lamellar type and with some mental retardation. Cataract associated with hypoglycemia may well be preventable through early detection and treatment of the latter.