Blindness from metabolic cataract--a presenting manifestation of diabetes mellitus

S Afr Med J. 1977 Aug 6;52(7):269-70.


Metabolic cataracts in diabetic patients usually develop within the first 3 years of the disease and cause little or no visual disability, but may progress to blindness. We report our findings in 3 patients who previously had normal vision and who presented with virtual blindness from cataract formation at the time of detection of their diabetes.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Blindness / etiology*
  • Cataract / etiology*
  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Female
  • Humans