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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Mature cortical cataract

Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD

Photographer: Cindy Montague, FAAO

Mature cortical cataract

Mature cortical cataract

In a mature cortical cataract, also known as a "white cataract," the entire lens cortex has become opacified. Water clefts are visible as less opaque radial wedges within the lens. These lenses can swell as a result of increased water uptake, at which point they are called intumescent cataracts.

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last updated: 2/17/2014
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