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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Christmas Tree Cataract

Contributor: Elizabeth Gauger, MD and Anna Kitzmann, MD

Photographer: Stefani Karakas, CRA

Christmas tree decoration cataract or polychromatic cataract
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Christmas tree decoration cataract or polychromatic cataract

See related older atlas entry

Suggested Reading:

1. Hayes BP, Fisher RF. Ultrastructural appearances of a lens with marked polychromatic lustre: evidence for diffraction as a cause. Br J Ophthalmol. 1984 Dec;68(12):850-8.

2. Shun-Shin GA, Vrensen GF, Brown NP, Willekens B, Smeets MH, Bron AJ. Morphologic characteristics and chemical composition of Christmas tree cataract. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1993 Dec;34(13):3489-96

3. Obi EE. A Christmas tree cataract. BMJ 2010;341:c6644

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last updated: 07/31/2013
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