Good visual function after neonatal surgery for congenital monocular cataracts

Am J Ophthalmol. 1981 May;91(5):559-65. doi: 10.1016/0002-9394(81)90053-2.


We treated eight neonates who had total, monocular, congenital cataracts with surgery, occlusion, and contact lenses. Visual results in all eight patients were good. In five patients visual acuities improved to 6/9 (20/30) or better in the aphakic eye. In three patients visual acuities improved to 6/24 (20/80) or better. Problems with contact lenses probably accounted for the poorer results in two of these three patients. Binocularity was not demonstrated in any of our patients.

MeSH terms

  • Aphakia, Postcataract
  • Cataract / congenital*
  • Cataract Extraction*
  • Contact Lenses
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / surgery*
  • Visual Acuity*