Cystoid macular edema in pediatric aphakia

J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. Sep-Oct 1988;25(5):240-3.


The presence of cystoid macular edema (CME) after cataract extraction in the pediatric age group could adversely affect rapid visual rehabilitation of the eye by contributing to irreversible amblyopia. Several previous studies, including one by our group, have addressed this problem. Hoyt's observations of CME in ten of 27 eyes undergoing lensectomy-vitrectomy procedures have stirred renewed interest in this topic. The current study includes 12 eyes undergoing lensectomy-vitrectomy procedures, five eyes undergoing manual extracapsular procedures (ECCE) with discission of the posterior capsule, three eyes undergoing ECCE without discission of the posterior capsule, and three eyes undergoing secondary discissions. No CME was found angiographically on postoperative evaluation.

MeSH terms

  • Aphakia, Postcataract / complications*
  • Cataract Extraction / adverse effects
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Macular Edema / diagnosis*
  • Macular Edema / etiology
  • Male