Aphakia is a medical condition in which the lens of the eye is absent. This may be caused due to a perforating wound, or surgical removal or congenital anomaly. It could lead to complications like detachment of vitreous or retina and glaucoma. Symptoms are: • High farsightedness • Loss of accommodation • Erythropsia • Cyanopsia
HOW IS APHAKIA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done through physical examination and by looking at your medical history. Ophthalmologists may determine your visual prescription, examine cornea, fundus, iris and anterior chamber, and test your eye pressure.
HOW IS APHAKIA TREATED?
Treatment of Aphakia involves the use of corrective contact lenses, glasses or surgery. Implanting artificial lenses, known as pseudophakic, adjusts the focus of vision to different lengths in order to correct loss of accommodation. Treatment of Aphakia in children through optical corrections requires frequent review sessions, failing which, there could be a permanent loss of vision.
DID YOU KNOW?
Childhood Aphakia requires a combination of surgical and optical treatment.