University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

Category: Cornea

Descemetocele, keratomalacia


As a result of keratomalacia due to vitamn A deficiency, the cornea is melting away. The usual outcome in such an eye is perforation followed by an overwhelming intraocular infection. Then comes phthisis bulbi or staphyloma formation. Notice the concentric white rings with the descemetocele at their center - a frequent occurrence with a descemetocele.

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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