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Developmental cataract in congenital ichthyosis
  1. Prajakta Dandekar and
  2. Sunita Chaurasia
  1. Cornea and Anterior Segment, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sunita Chaurasia; sunita{at}


A teenage boy who was previously diagnosed to have congenital ichthyosis presented to the eye clinic with complaints of gradually decreasing vision in both eyes since childhood. The best-corrected distance visual acuity was 20/125 in the right eye and 20/40 in the left eye. Clinical examination revealed developmental cataracts in both eyes. He underwent cataract surgery in the right eye and visual acuity improved to 20/25. Hence, we conclude that congenital ichthyosis can be associated with developmental cataracts. Cataract surgery helps in restoring vision in those with visually significant cataracts.

  • Ophthalmology
  • Anterior chamber

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  • Contributors PD was involved in draft preparation. SC was involved in clinical management of the patient.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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