Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 208-

Evanescent gas-induced reversible lenticular opacity

Harsha Bhattacharjee1, Henal Javeri2,  
1 Department of Vitreo-Retina Surgery, Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Guwahati, Assam, India
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Guwahati, Assam, India

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Dr. Henal Javeri
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, 96, Basistha Rd, Beltola Tiniali, Saurabh Nagar, Guwahati - 781 028, Assam

How to cite this article:
Bhattacharjee H, Javeri H. Evanescent gas-induced reversible lenticular opacity.Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:208-208

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Bhattacharjee H, Javeri H. Evanescent gas-induced reversible lenticular opacity. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Mar 30 ];68:208-208
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A middle-aged male, with vitreous hemorrhage and focal retinal detachment, underwent a successful 23 G pars plana vitrectomy and gas tamponade with 14% sulfur hexafluoride. On the first day postoperatively, a new onset lenticular opacity showing a ferning pattern was noted [Figure 1]. Over a period of 3 months, this subcapsular cataract disappeared without any intervention. This cataract formation can be ascribed to the gas-induced oxidative stress, which, on the absorption of the gas, gradually cleared up.[1]{Figure 1}

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