Lens and vitreous
Pseudoexfoliation in lens

Topic Completed: 1 February 2014

Revised: 2 April 2019

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PubMed Search: Pseudoexfoliation [title] lens

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Lens and vitreous: pseudoexfoliation in lens. PathologyOutlines.com website. https://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyelenspseudoexfoliation.html. Accessed February 20th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Also called exfoliation syndrome
  • Usually affects those from Scandinavia or Northern Europe
  • May cause glaucoma
Gross description
  • Deposition of white fluffy material on anterior lens capsule, excludes areas corresponding to movement of iris
  • Also deposition on zonules, iris pigment epithelium, ciliary body epithelium and trabecular meshwork
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Tiny pink, eosinophilic staining deposits on anterior lens capsule which are perpendicular to edge of lens capsule
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