Treat aniridia and its associated problems


Coloboma, cataract and glaucoma are associated with aniridia

Aniridia is a hereditary congenital disorder that can be associated with a few ocular diseases aside from the iris’s hypoplasia; that can be complete or partial. It can occur as an isolated condition or with a WAGR syndrome. Lens conditions range from cataract to coloboma and lens dislocation. Visual acuity is often diminished when a strabismus or nystagmus are associated with optic nerve hypoplasia.

Glaucoma is often associated with aniridia and gonioscopy shows the presence of the iris root. Traumatic aniridia is known, it can be accompanied with scarring of intraocular tissues.

Treatment of aniridia depends on the associated conditions and health issues that comes with them. The implantation of intraocular lenses can fix the problem. In the case of capsular damage, specific aniridia implants are available.

For certain patients, colored Iris Implants are used to give the iris a normal aspect.

Cases of aniridia are usually associated with at least one or more conditions. In the case that follows, published on an ophthalmologist’s blog specialized in cataract surgery, the lens’ defect is so important that removal of the lens and vitreous humour is necessary with a trabeculectomy followed by the implantation of an intraocular lens. In this case, a folded lens wasn’t available so a large limbic incision was used to facilitate the insertion of the lens.


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