Anterior polar congenital cataract and corneal astigmatism

J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 1992 Jul-Aug;29(4):210-2. doi: 10.3928/0191-3913-19920701-05.


Seven eyes of six patients with anterior polar congenital cataract were examined. All patients presented with corneal astigmatism greater than 1.50 diopters. The combination of these two anomalies has often been responsible for amblyopia and occasionally for squint. The association of corneal astigmatism with this type of congenital cataract is possibly due to a delayed separation of the lens from the surface ectoderm during fetal development and thus may be considered a new syndrome.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Astigmatism / complications
  • Astigmatism / congenital*
  • Cataract / complications
  • Cataract / congenital*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Corneal Opacity / congenital*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Visual Acuity