• Fiona Roberts
  • Chee Koon Thum


The lens is not a common specimen in the pathology laboratory. As such this chapter is in four parts. The first deals briefly with the structure and function of the normal lens, while the second deals with common changes encountered in the metabolic and degenerative processes that occur in the lens removed surgically or in the lens in an enucleated eye in which there has been a sequence of events that has led to opacification of the normally transparent tissue. In the third section, the surgical approaches to cataract extraction are described including phacoemulsification now used most commonly and intra and extracapsular lens extraction. The various forms of lens implant are described. The final part deals with the pathology of the complications of lens surgery.


Intraocular Lens Myotonic Dystrophy Posterior Capsule Cataract Extraction Posterior Chamber 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fiona Roberts
    • 1
  • Chee Koon Thum
    • 2
  1. 1.Southern General HospitalGlasgowUK
  2. 2.Western General HospitalEdinburghUK

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