Congenital cataract : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

  • Cloudiness of the lens that looks like a white spot in an otherwise normally dark pupil — often obvious at birth without special viewing equipment
  • Failure of an infant to show visual awareness of the world around him or her (if cataracts present in both eyes)
  • Nystagmus (unusual rapid eye movements)

Diagnosis & Tests

A complete eye examination by an ophthalmologist will readily diagnose congenital cataract. The search for a possible cause may require examination by a pediatrician experienced in hereditary disorders and possible blood tests or x-rays.


Review Date : 8/6/2009
Reviewed By : Paul B. Griggs, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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