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January 1993

Reversible Unilateral Cataract in a Patient Without Overt Diabetes

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Phoenix, Ariz

Arch Ophthalmol. 1993;111(1):27-28. doi:10.1001/archopht.1993.01090010029019

Reversible cataract represents an uncommon complication of diabetes mellitus1,2 and has rarely been reported in association with other conditions.3 I report a case of unilateral, reversible, posterior subcapsular cataract in a patient without overt diabetes.

Report of a Case.  —A 58-year-old white man presented in June 1989 with a 3-month history of intermittent blurring of the left eye, occurring about every 2 weeks, and gradually resolving in 1 to 3 days. According to the patient the blurring "was like looking through three layers of drapes." He had no history of any significant ocular problems. Medical history was remarkable for hypertension, gout, and moderate obesity. Current medications included triamterene, allopurinol, colchicine, and potassium chloride (Slow-K).Corrected visual acuity was 20/20—in each eye. The ocular examination was essentially unremarkable, with only slight lens changes noted in both eyes. In August 1989 the patient returned during an episode of blurring

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