Other Names for this Disease
- Cataract, congenital, cerulean type 1
- Cataract, congenital, blue dot type 1
No treatment is known to prevent cerulean cataracts, and there is currently no cure for the condition. Frequent eye evaluations and eventual cataract surgery are typically required to prevent amblyopia (vision loss) as the opacities progress. The symptoms of early cataracts may be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses. However, if these measures do not help, surgery is often the only effective treatment. Surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. Surgery is often considered when vision loss regularly interferes with everyday activities, such as driving, reading, or watching TV.
Last updated: 4/6/2011
- Cataracts, Congenital Cerulean. University of Arizone. 2010; http://disorders.eyes.arizona.edu/disorders/cataracts-congenital-cerulean. Accessed 4/6/2011.
- Facts About Cataract. National Eye Institute. April 2011; http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp. Accessed 4/6/2011.
- The Centers for Mendelian Genomics program is working to discover the causes of rare genetic disorders. For more information about applying to the research study, please visit their website.