Surgery of the rubella cataract

Daniel I. Weiss, Philip R. Ziring, Louis Z. Cooper

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Among more than 100 children with cataracts due to congenital rubella who were referred to the Rubella Birth Defect Evaluation Project, surgical management was utilized in 17 children with bilateral disease. In this group, 29 consecutive cataract extractions were performed. This surgery was deferred until each child was medically stable and the microphthalmic eyes reached "reasonable" size. Results were good, with only one eye requiring a secondary discission. The presence of detectable rubella virus in the lens did not affect the outcome of surgery. On the other hand, other rubella-associated congenital defects, invariably present, must be considered in planning eye care. We have found no child with unilateral rubella cataract who was a suitable candidate for surgery. Judicious surgery, properly timed, provided a prognosis for rubella cataract comparable to that for other congenital cataracts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-332
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1972
Externally publishedYes


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