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Year : 1979  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 37-40

Documentation of lens diseases

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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S K Angra
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-110016
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The lenticular diseases are extremely prevalent in the whole world which solicit the proper re­cording of the observations to know the natural history and clinical profile of such disorders. The documentation of the clinical signs, is of ut­most importance for evaluation of the progress of the disease and proper follow up. Observers often use some method of recording these signs diagramatically which may be difficult for others to interpret. Thus the values of the clinical record becomes limited. Photographic method of recordings have also limitations of resolution, depth and superimposition of various charac­ters, which a human eye can appreciate. No standardised scheme of documenting lens diseases is available in the literature although there exists conventional graphic documentation of corneal[1],[2] and retinal disorders[3].

An attempt has been made to evolve and practice a practical standardised simple plan to document lenticular diseases, topographically based on our experience in the lens clinic.

Method: The topographic documentation consists of three parts [Figure - 1].

i) Plan view

ii) Sectional view

iii) Relation of lens to anterior segments.

I. Plan view: The lens is depicted in the plan view by a circle, seen through the corneal window of 12 mm diameter. The crystalline lens is taken as 10 mm. in diameter. The equator of the lens is often obscured by iris even in fully dilated pupil. This fact is to be given proper attention while drawing the lens. For proper depiction of the size of the lesion, the plan view is divided into 3o squares and each square is denoted by numericals vertically and alphabets horizontally. Faint dotted circles are also drawn to show pupillary signs of 2 mm., 4 mm. and 6 mm. in diameter.

II. Sectional view: Many of the features can be depicted in the plan view of the lens. But the sectional view gives the exact involvement in terms of the depth and plane in particular meridian and area. Any three planes can be selected and adequately labelled.

III. Relation of the disease to anterior seg­ment: The position of lens in relation to other structures of the anterior segment is denoted. The concomittant changes in the cornea and iris can also be documented in this diagram.

Depictions: Only three main colours are used grey/black for cortical changes, brown or red for nuclear changes and blue for capsular changes. The polychromatic lusture is shown in yellow colour. The pathologic changes are drawn as shown according to the scheme laid down. [Figure - 1][Figure - 2][Figure - 3]. The morphological changes in the shape, size of the lens as well the pathological changes are drawn as in vivo.

Annotations: Additional annotations are necessary to indicate the area/level of involve­ment and degree of the involvement. This will make the graphic representation self explanatory.

a) Abbreviations for the pathological disorders are to be written in lower case letters and these are to be standardised as under:­

be - bread crumb appearance

cl - calcification

ct - cataract

dl - dislocation/luxation

fv - fluid vacuoles

lc - lenticonus

Ig - lentiglobus

px - pseudoexfoliation

lq - liquifaction

mg - morgagani globules

o - hydration

pm - persistant Pupillary membrane

ps - post synechia

sc - sclerosis

sl - subluxation

ss - sutural separation

f - fissures/tear we - water clefts

x - exfoliation

b) Anatomical levels are given in capital followed by lower case letters e.g.

Cp - capsule

Cx - cortex

Eq - equator

L - lamellar

N nucleus

PI - pole

Su - sutures

Zl - zonule.

c) Location/level/site

For the proper positioning of the zone or area involved the terms, anterior (a) and posterior (b) are written as post script to symbol letter of the zone involved e.g. anterior cortical cataract: (Cxcta).

c) Degree: The degree of the change is denoted by a grading system on 1-4 scale.

1. Minimal changes. 2. Mild changes. 3. Moderate changes. 4. Severe changes.

This is recorded at the end after the symbol letter of the zone involved e.g. nuclear cataract of moderate degree; Net 3.

d) Descriptive: To add the description to what is documented, certain abbreviations are prefixed to the disease itself, e.g. Comp. Cxctp 2-complicated mild posterior cortical cataract. Such abbreviations are:­

Bd - blue dot

Comp - complicated

Cong. - congenital

Cunae - cunaeform

Cup - cuppuliform

Hm - hypermature

Im. - immature

M - mature

Pct. - punctate

S - senile

  Discussion Top

The crystalline lens is a peculiar structure in which the disease imprints are more or less permanent and persist throughout the life. These get burried inside the lens. This makes the recording of such changes of prime import­ance as these are to be referred throughout life.

The best method of recording the lesions is to keep the photographic records, but this has its own limitations. The resolution of the eye under a microscope is more than of a camera [Figure - 4]. Thus there is a need for documenting the lesions in graphic form even beside the photographic records.

The drawing of lesions in the crystalline lens has its own draw backs. The problem encountered sometimes, is that the schematic drawing fails to project the lens changes in the observer's mind. But by this scheme it is possible to superimpose the drawings and depict the special features e.g. folds, irregularities or other unusual aspects. Also when the cataract is dense to obscure the finer details of posterior layers, such a standardised scheme projects this uncertainty by dotted lines annota­ted by a question mark. Further, the true picture is projected more when it is shown in relation to diseases of its neighbouring structures and labelled with the annotations showing the disease, the zone involved, the degree of severity and the proper location on a topographic chart designed by us.

  Summary Top

A standardised scheme for graphic documen­tation of the disease of the crystalline lens is recommended for the clinical records.

  References Top

Bron A.J., 1973, Brit. Jour. Oplithal., 57, 629.  Back to cited text no. 1
Schepens C.L., 1969, Symposium on Retina and Retinal Surgery, P. 39, Trans. of New Orleans Acad. of Ophth., Mosby St. Louis.  Back to cited text no. 2
Tarrizo M.L., 1973. Field Methods for control of Trachoma. WHO Ch. p 33, Geneva.  Back to cited text no. 3


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